Last week a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed that more than two-thirds of Americans oppose these GQP attacks on the transgender community. It’s the same old game from the Party of Fear—remember the Bathroom Bills of a few years back—who are trying to make trans Americans the new ‘them’ to fear, and so they’ve taken their so-called fight from the bathroom to the locker-room and the sports teams. But, what’s even more telling in this poll, is that even Republican votes—nearly 70%—also oppose these hate attacks on trans children. And the same poll found that a majority of Americans support the Equality Act, that landmark civil rights legislation for the LGBTQ+ community. So, how do we explain that states all across the country, the ones with GQP-controlled legislatures, are passing laws targeting the trans community.
Arizona and Tennessee have passed laws that ban teachers from mentioning LGBTQ people without parental approval.
Alabama and North Dakota have passed laws banning transgender girls from participating in school sports.
And Florida has passed a bill banning transgender girls from participating in school sports and requiring girls whose sex is “disputed” to undergo inspections of their genitalia.
All five states have GQP governors, so there is a good chance they will be signed into law.
On the upside, President Biden has already issued an executive order stating that Title IX bans discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in education, which means that these bills would face an uphill legal battle even if they are signed into law.
But that doesn’t stop the hate and the ignorance. I wanna know where these 70% of Americans are, and why they aren’t using their voices, and their votes, to tell these GQP fearmongers that enough is enough. Just like the Bathroom Bills were built on misinformation and fear, so are these new bills and if We The People don’t have a problem with trans women playing on out sports teams, in high school, in college , or professionally, then why in the hell are the Republicans pushing this agenda?
Fear. Hate. Lies. And because they literally have nothing else to offer. Don’t look at gun violence, they say, a trans girl is playing soccer at the local high school. Ignore our crumbling roads and bridges, trans girls are on the team.
That’s why. And it’s up to We The People to stop it.
Speak up. Speak out, CAST A GODDAMNED VOTE.