Republicans in the House of Representatives are now trying to pass a new anti-LGBT bill that would bar transgender people from using the bathrooms that match their gender identity.
But while the bill has some of the same problems that GOP leaders have raised in recent years, some of its most egregious flaws have gone unmentioned in the GOP debate over it.
While GOP leaders in the Senate have already said they will try to amend the bill, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has said he has no intention of doing so.
Ryan’s position, which is echoed by other GOP lawmakers, has left many conservatives in the chamber fuming.
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Ryan, for his part, has repeatedly made the case that transgender people are a threat to society.
He has claimed that transgender women are “traitors” and that transgender men are “perverts.”
His position has also come under scrutiny in the wake of his controversial comments about gay men and women, which Ryan himself described as “dangerous.”
In a tweet on Monday, Ryan suggested that the Republican Party was trying to make a “big deal out of nothing.”
“This is not about bathroom access, it is about gender identity and our safety and security,” Ryan said.
“This bill would harm trans people and transgender Americans.
This is a big deal.”
Ryan has been a staunch advocate for repealing the Affordable Care Act and other GOP policies that he argues have put the lives of trans people at risk.
His position on the anti-“bathroom bill” has led to widespread criticism from transgender people and other people of color.
While many conservatives have taken up Ryan’s cause, others have pointed out that his position on transgender people is more extreme than his on gay men, women, and people of other genders.
In addition to being a proponent of repealing the ACA, Ryan also opposes LGBT nondiscrimination protections.
His bill would effectively allow people to discriminate against trans people on the basis of gender identity, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
A trans woman could be denied a job or denied housing in any public accommodations, including the military, if she had to use the bathroom that matches the gender on her birth certificate, according a study from the Human Resource Institute at the University of California, Davis.
A recent poll conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 79 percent of Americans opposed “prohibiting transgender students from using bathrooms that correspond to their gender identities” and “protecting children from bullying in school by requiring teachers to use appropriate restrooms in all public school buildings.”
But Ryan has repeatedly insisted that the GOP is committed to protecting trans people from bullying and discrimination.
In fact, a survey from last year by the Family Research Council found that 76 percent of Republicans believe trans people are more likely to be victims of bullying than the general population.
According to the American Family Association, the Republican House Freedom Caucus, a conservative group of House conservatives that has been trying to derail the anti–LGBT bill, has made its opposition to the anti “bathroom” bill clear in recent weeks.
It recently held a rally in support of the bill in the Capitol, which drew more than 3,000 people, according the American Values Project.
But when asked by the New York Times about the rally, Rep. Steve King (R, IA) told the Times that the organization was not a supporter of the anti anti-discrimination bill.
“I don’t believe the Republican leadership supports this bill,” King said.
“They’re going to keep trying to find ways to justify that it doesn’t really protect the trans community.”
While the Republican members of Congress who have publicly expressed opposition to LGBT nondisclosure protections are not explicitly transgender people, many of them have made it clear they support transgender people being forced to use bathrooms that conform to their genders.
In a letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) last week, Rep., Trent Franks (R–AZ), for example, said that “the House should take a position on whether or not transgender people should be required to use a public bathroom that corresponds to their assigned biological sex at birth, and should be able to use facilities that align with their gender.”
In his op-ed for The American Conservative, Ryan made it explicit that he was not opposed to transgender people using the public bathrooms that align them with their biological sex.
“While some transgender people may feel uncomfortable using the restroom that matches their gender, I don’t support the idea of forcing transgender people to use restrooms that match the gender with which they were born,” Ryan wrote.
“My position is that this bill does not provide the protections to transgender Americans that it claims it does.”
Ryan’s position on “bathrooms” and the anti transgender bill have also sparked controversy among gay rights groups.
“The fact that the House speaker supports the anti-‘bathroom’ bill