Public Accommodations Language For Dummies

For the people who are confused by the right wing, Barney Frank, WWBT and Exterminationalist Twins rhetoric and obfuscation about Public Accommodations language, let me direct your attention to this wonderfully succinct explanation of it by one of my fave men in this community, Ethan St Pierre.

Trans Civil Rights School is now in session, so take your seats so y’all can learn something.  

Take it away, Ethan!

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For the people who think Public Accommodations means bathroom and locker rooms, here is your awakening:



The following private entities are considered public accommodations for
purposes of this subchapter, if the operations of such entities affect
commerce—
(A) an inn, hotel, motel, or other place of lodging,
except for an establishment located within a building that contains not
more than five rooms for rent or hire and that is actually occupied by the proprietor of such establishment as the residence of such proprietor;
(B) a restaurant, bar, or other establishment serving food or drink;
(C) a motion picture house, theater, concert hall, stadium, or other place of exhibition or entertainment;
(D) an auditorium, convention center, lecture hall, or other place of public gathering;
(E) a bakery, grocery store, clothing store, hardware store, shopping center, or other sales or rental establishment;

(F) a laundromat, dry-cleaner, bank, barber shop, beauty shop, travel
service, shoe repair service, funeral parlor, gas station, office of an
accountant or lawyer, pharmacy, insurance office, professional office of
a health care provider, hospital, or other service establishment;
(G) a terminal, depot, or other station used for specified public transportation;
(H) a museum, library, gallery, or other place of public display or collection;
(I) a park, zoo, amusement park, or other place of recreation;
(J) a nursery, elementary, secondary, undergraduate, or postgraduate private school, or other place of education;

(K) a day care center, senior citizen center, homeless shelter, food
bank, adoption agency, or other social service center establishment; and
(L) a gymnasium, health spa, bowling alley, golf course, or other place of exercise or recreation.

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Now class, what did we learn today about Public Accommodations language? 

As you can see, PA language in civil rights bills is more than just bathrooms and showers.  I fail to understand why a few well to do white GLBT activists seem to have the deluded notion that you can pass effective trans rights bills without it. 

Oh yeah, maybe it’s because their azzes never had to worry about facing any kind of bigotry, hate violence or discrimination directed at them until they became members of a despised minority in the rainbow community. 

So the next time y’all read about me putting people on blast on this blog or hear Moni go on the rant on a radio show or podcast about an unjust trans rights billthat doesn’t have Public Accommodations language in it, you’ll know why I went straight the hell off. 

Heaven help you if we’re in a public forum and I hear someone with vanilla scented privilege who enjoys civil rights laws with PA language in them try to argue that PA language is not necessary for trans human rights laws or the proposed ENDA.  Don’t be surprised when I look at you as if you’re stuck on stupid, then call your behind out for parting your lips to say it.

Class dismissed.

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