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The Specificity Critique

The Paradise Post decided to feature one the more ridiculous talking points on offer by anti-equality forces. The “Specificity Critique” is when bigots decry trans equality laws for being policy instead of procedure. I find it ironic the same people who decry the claimed tyranny of Big Government are the same who decry the fact that they aren’t micromanaged by the State in the roll-out of trans-inclusive policy.

The specificity critique is the last fig leaf of a bigoted ideology. In what other arena of legal discourse must laws write in not only the policy, but also the procedure? The standard to which the Paradise Post appeals is not observed by other state laws. A law will set a policy. It is up to the agencies and/or local governing bodies to set the procedure to carry out the legal policy set forth a State Legislature.

Shame on the Paradise Post editorial staff for promoting this ridiculous fallacy.


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Cristan Williams is a trans historian and pioneer in addressing the practical needs of underserved communities. She started the first trans homeless shelter in Texas and co-founded the first federally funded housing-first homeless program, pioneered affordable health care for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. She has published short stories, academic chapters and papers, and numerous articles for both print and digital magazines. She received numerous awards for her advocacy and has presented at universities throughout the nation, served on several governmental committees and CBO boards, is the Editor of the TransAdvocate, and is a founding board member of the Transgender Foundation of America and the Bee Busy Wellness Center.

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