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California Caregivers Could Face a Year in Jail for Improper (Transgender) Pronoun Use

The California State legislature has passed the nation’s first measure to regulate pronouns.

SB 219, if signed into law, would enact the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Long-Term Care Facility Residents’ Bill of Rights. The bill passed the State Assembly this week, having already been passed in the California Senate earlier this year.

The most controversial aspect of SB 219 is imposition of fines and jail time to caregivers in long-term care facilities who fail to use the “preferred” pronoun for residents of those facilities. The bill offers no protections or exemptions for religious beliefs or conscience. One could assume the mandate would also cover so-called “gender neutral/gender inclusive” pronouns such as “ve,” “xe,” and “ze” in addition to the commonly understood “he” and “she.”

While the scope of SB 219 appears to be specifically directed at long-term care facilities, remember that Canada recently passed a similar law that makes improper gender pronoun use a “hate crime.”

The activist group Equality California is one of the leading forces behind SB 219 (this organization also sponsored legislation in 2016 to punish religious universities for operating in accordance with their faith). Over thirty-three corporate statewide and event sponsors enable Equality California assault on 1st Amendment protections for caregivers and institutions.

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  • Commonsense

    SMDH — Seriously? California wants to put health care providers in jail for 2 years because they can’t remember that “Fifi Divine” wants to be called “zie”

  • Tommy B

    There is no “g” anyway they spin it they’re still homosexuals..

  • kjsr

    I’m not in healthcare, but my wife is. (Oops, I said wife. Don’t tell on me!) If it were me, from now on it would be, “room 312, bed A.”

  • libsrtheh8ters

    FREE SPEECH is guaranteed in our Constitution, it is time congress put a stop to the all out leftist communist assault on it. The ONLY reason the left suddenly decided to make homosexuality & gender dysphoria into a civil rights cause is to set precedent for limiting speech. They ALWAYS have a long term goal in mind when they hit a cause this hard.

    • Akotee

      Only “We The People” can put a stop to this assault. Believe, there are many homosexuals in the Congress including Republicans. We have to go out in the streets, Boycott one company at a time til they go out of business. We should be out in droves like the “Pride” Parades, saying, “We’re Mad As Hell, And We’re Not Going To Take It Anymore”.

  • SheWhoWalksAlone

    OMG, this state is insane!! Children are not choosing to be transgenders, it’s adults pushing the agenda to mentally destroy the poor child!

    • Greg J

      How normal people live in Commiefornia is beyond me. I will NEVER go there, even to visit. They won’t get any funds from me. On a joking side. Isn’t it funny how California resembles an ak-47 magazine? Time for Commiefornia to physically change their state

  • 3am

    Sexual deviants are running the asylum & all those corporations too. I wish they would secede right into the Pacific.

  • I’m trying to think of when this would ever be an issue. When the patient is present, the caregiver would speak to the patient using second-person pronouns (you, your). Third-person pronouns would only be used when the patient is not part of the conversation – in which case, how would the patient even know about the offensive language?