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Published on March 15th, 2012 | by Wild Gender

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“Perceived” Gender Identity is “Bothersome” to Congressman

OMAHA, Neb. — Think Progress is following the story of this week’s decision to advance LGBT non-discrimination protections in Omaha and released a report today highlighting Councilman Franklin Thompson’s struggle with the concept of “perceived” gender identity:

THOMPSON: Perceived sexual identity is bothersome to me. It’s sort of like someone saying “You and I can perceive ourselves to be black this week, but next week we’ll be white.”[…]

What if the individual decides that one week, “I perceive myself to be male,” and then a month later, “I perceive myself to be female,” and then the smaller companies—

My point is that the perception can go both ways. Perception is so vague and ambiguous that it’s hard to quantify. You’re asking Omaha businessmen to take a shot in the dark.

Watch Thompson’s arguments:

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