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COS City Council woman under hot water after ‘transphobic’ tweet

COS City Council woman under hot water after 'transphobic' tweet
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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. (KRDO) - All eyes are on Colorado Springs Council member Jill Gaebler of District 5 after she sent out a tweet earlier this month that some are calling "transphobic."

It began with Gaebler retweeting an article from a newsletter, published on The article questions the motive on the 'trans agenda' and speculates that the group is working to push back the rights of cisgender women.

In response to the tweet, Inside Out Youth Services published an open letter this week reacting to Gaebler's remarks.

IOYS is a Southern Colorado nonprofit that offers support to "lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning queer, and a spectrum of LGBTQ youth."

In the letter, IOYS Executive Director, Jessie Pocock and Danette Pritch, a volunteer facilitator and transparent details that her words hurt:

"Your statement is the definition of transphobic. Your statement legitimizes and publicizes a climate of intolerance, dehumanization, othering, segregating, discriminating, and punishing trans young people for wanting to breathe fully into their own lives just like any other person would want for themselves and just like any parent would want for their child. Our young people are seeing you and hearing you. Your words hurt."

For the full letter click here.

KRDO has reached out to Gaebler for a statement, she has yet to respond.

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  1. I am just going to set this here and walk away because a City Councilperson should know the laws.
    Title 18 – Criminal Code
    Article 9 – Offenses Against Public Peace, Order, and Decency
    Part 1 – Public Peace and Order
    § 18-9-121. Bias-motivated crimes

    (1) The general assembly hereby finds and declares that it is the right of every person, regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation to be secure and protected from fear, intimidation, harassment, and physical harm caused by the activities of individuals and groups. The general assembly further finds that the advocacy of unlawful acts against persons or groups because of a person’s or group’s race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation for the purpose of inciting and provoking bodily injury or damage to property poses a threat to public order and safety and should be subject to criminal sanctions.

    (2) A person commits a bias-motivated crime if, with the intent to intimidate or harass another person because of that person’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation, he or she:

    (a) Knowingly causes bodily injury to another person; or

    (b) By words or conduct, knowingly places another person in fear of imminent lawless action directed at that person or that person’s property and such words or conduct are likely to produce bodily injury to that person or damage to that person’s property; or

    (c) Knowingly causes damage to or destruction of the property of another person.

    (3) Commission of a bias-motivated crime as described in paragraph (b) or (c) of subsection (2) of this section is a class 1 misdemeanor. Commission of a bias-motivated crime as described in paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of this section is a class 5 felony; except that commission of a bias-motivated crime as described in said paragraph (a) is a class 4 felony if the offender is physically aided or abetted by one or more other persons during the commission of the offense.

    (3.5) (a) In determining the sentence for a first-time offender convicted of a bias-motivated crime, the court shall consider the following alternatives, which shall be in addition to and not in lieu of any other sentence received by the offender:

    (I) Sentencing the offender to pay for and complete a period of useful community service intended to benefit the public and enhance the offender’s understanding of the impact of the offense upon the victim;

    (II) At the request of the victim, referring the case to a restorative justice or other suitable alternative dispute resolution program established in the judicial district pursuant to section 13-22-313, C.R.S.

    (b) In considering whether to impose the alternatives described in paragraph (a) of this subsection (3.5), the court shall consider the criminal history of the offender, the impact of the offense on the victim, the availability of the alternatives, and the nature of the offense. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the court to impose the alternatives specified in paragraph (a) of this subsection (3.5).

    (4) The criminal penalty provided in this section for commission of a bias-motivated crime does not preclude the victim of such action from seeking any other remedies otherwise available under law.

    (5) For purposes of this section:

    (a) “Physical or mental disability” refers to a disability as used in the definition of the term “person with a disability” in section 18-6.5-102 (11).

    (b) “Sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgender status.

    1. Nice reference. If you are insinuating that she committed a crime with that post you are wrong.

    2. Strong username to post ratio.

      Anyways, this statute you posted means jack squat in this case. That statute is a punishment enhancement on crimes, not a criminal statute.

  2. You cant force people to believe something THAT IS NOT TRUE.
    A man who thinks he is a woman IS NOT A WOMAN no matter how you try to define it.
    A tree cannot be a rose bush and you cannot force people to accept that it is.
    This is a war against women. Women are being written out of existence.
    A man who is confused and believes he is a woman cannot have a period, they cannot give birth to a child, they cannot nurse a child and they will never have children of their own.

    Stop with the madness.
    Writing a law does not make it true.

    1. Other than her opinion what law did she break? There is not a law written that says hurting someone’s feeling is a crime.
      There is definitely a HETROPHOBIC problem. LGBT&%ABC123’s definitely hate heterosexual people openly and don’t even try to hide it. They go out of their way to start problems just have a reason to hate.

  3. Biology is biology whether you like it or not. Don’t like the card you drew TS! No amount of whining, throwing fits, crying or lawsuit will change a thing! Grow up!

  4. Give her a metal for at least partially standing up against a miniscule number of unrealistic demanding KOOKS.

  5. People only support this stuff until their own daughters lose a scholarship, or a track race, or get beat to hell in a sport by a genetic male that identifies as a female.

    Then it all snaps into focus. Suddenly; “That’s not fair” comes into play.

    This is a war against women.

  6. I fully support biological men and women! As for trans men and trans women, and other fantasies, I would encourage mental health treatment.

  7. You must follow the science when it comes to Covid, but not follow the science when it comes to gender. Got it.

    1. It is new science….that old science using facts and data has seemed to be outdated. Politicians are the true scientists.

  8. So if you get into a fight and you punch and man who used to be a woman is that still striking a woman. Which is what all true gentlemen would never do.
    Or can a woman who is still same and understands that she is a female still take a punch under an act of equality?

  9. I don’t think she is slighting transgender people but address in the affect that it will have on women. So she is speaking up for Womens rights. If the goal is equality. Then should everyone be treated equal? Having a biological man compete in womens sports is demeaning and frustrating to women. Women have the right to compete against people who are on their same level. There is not anything homophobic about that. Women fought for equal rights and equal sport competitions. Now its back to competing against biological men.

  10. This type of attack is an attempt to embarrass, silence disagreement, and stifle informed discussion.
    She is not “transphobic”, she’s not in fear of anyone and isn’t attacking anyone. She’s merely stating her opinion that we (as a society) are now accepting things and taking actions based on that acceptance that are hurting biological women.
    She’s, literally, following the science but it’s an unpopular belief so she’s being publicly attacked in an attempt to stifle and silence her.
    If your position regarding transgender people is a defensible position, why is it necessary to attack her? Surely you can prove that she’s wrong through a logical, fact based discussion?

  11. In the field of sports, does the science prove without any doubt that a transperson, who was born male, have absolutely no physical edge over a person born as a female? If the do have an physical edge then it’s not fair and those born female deserve their rights too. Seems too easy to trample on women’s hard fought for equality rights.

  12. All these highly intelligent, well-informed, supportive comments from the usual crowd of bigots and nay-sayers here on KRDO’s hatefest must give Councilwoman Gaebler real comfort.

  13. Proud of you Ash I remember you from way back when! My true opinion though if you were born a woman and you get in trouble you should go to jail or prison with women just as if you were born a man and you get in trouble you should go to jail or prison with men no matter who you’ve decided to become overtime and the same with sports. If the sex on your birth certificate states that you were said sex at the time of your birth well… you should play sports with those that are of the same sex that you were born no matter who you decide to become overtime. I’m LGBTQ friendly but we don’t need trans men out running, over throwing, and definitely not fighting in women’s sports. Despite my thoughts… council woman was wrong and she should take responsibility and apologize.

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