To Mike Pence and the Indiana Legislature:
I was born in Anderson in 1968, I went to high school in Lafayette, I graduated with an engineering degree from Purdue in 1990. I’ve lived, worked, owned homes, and paid taxes in Indiana for decades. I work for Indiana University as an IT specialist providing massive data storage to researchers.
I am part of this state.
I don’t deserve second-class treatment.
But that’s just what many bills up for vote are trying to do.
SB 35 and HB 1079 are “bathroom bills” which would force me into public mens’ rooms, where I’m at high risk of abuse and even physical attack. The bills would also set precedents in the Indiana Code that legally deny transgender people’s identity by defining sex by birth and chromosomes only, which is short-sighted and scientifically wrong.
SB 100 would supersede civil rights protections that my city of Indianapolis has provided trans folks like me for 10 years now, and would implement more obstacles to being protected. Its possible replacement, SB 344, provides no protections for transgender Hoosiers whatsoever, separating us from the sexual orientation civil rights protections it proposes. In fact, SB 344 is particularly scary to me because it does propose handling “the transgender issue” at a later time after “some study”. Given the wording of the “bathroom bills” I can only suppose that separating us out will make it easier for legislation that negatively effects us to be enacted. Perhaps it will become illegal to change my gender marker on my license at all? Maybe trans Hoosiers won’t be able to change the sex on their Indiana birth certificate without invasive medical proof?
Thank you for your attention.