That billionaire Elon Musk 2020 tweeted, “Pronouns suck.” And in his attempt to push back the language, he has defended it. “I absolutely support trans, but all of these pronouns are an aesthetic nightmare,” Musk continued.
Fast forward to this October when Musk bought Twitter. It was one of his first decisions Hacking moderation tools and rules to curb hate speech and foul language as GOP politicians worked to terrorize the families of those with transgender children and oppose same-sex marriage rights.
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Thirty-seven Republicans last week voted against the Respect for Marriage Act, which would grant legal authority to same-sex and interracial marriages. Their names are John Barrasso of Wyoming; Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee; John Boozman of Arkansas; Mike Brown of Indiana; Bill Cassidy of Louisiana; John Cornyn of Texas; Tom Cotton of Arkansas; Kevin Cramer of North Dakota; Mike Crapo from Idaho; Ted Cruz from Texas; Steve Daines of Montana; Deb Fischer of Nebraska; Lindsey Graham of South Carolina; Chuck Grassley from Iowa; Bill Hagerty of Tennessee; Josh Hawley of Missouri; John Hoeven of North Dakota; Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi; Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma; Ron Johnson of Wisconsin; John Kennedy of Louisiana; James Lankford of Oklahoma; Mike Lee of Utah; Roger Marshall of Kansas; Mitch McConnell of Kentucky; Jerry Moran of Kansas; Rand Paul of Kentucky; Jim Risch of Idaho; Mike Rounds from South Dakota; Marco Rubio from Florida; Rick Scott from Florida; Tim Scott of South Carolina; Richard Shelby of Alabama; John Thune of South Dakota; Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania; Tommy Tuberville of Alabama; and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.
So please spare us the condolences from these accounts. These legislators have already shown by their actions that they don’t care. Unfortunately, they only begin the list of inhumane politicians working to spread division and hatred.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this year directed child protection officials to investigate gender-affirming medical procedures as child abuse. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin introduced rules in September to prevent students from entering programs that respect their gender identity.
In Arizona, Oklahoma and Tennessee, Republicans have passed at least four anti-trans laws since 2018. Arkansas and Alabama have passed three The Washington Post.
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”Nearly 240 anti-LGBTQ laws were passed across the country this year, most of which target transgender people’s access to gender-affirming health care, the ability to participate in school sports, and in Oklahoma, toilet use that is gender-appropriate corresponds to identity,” wrote the journalist Heidi Beedle for the Colorado Times Recorder in June. “The moral panic over the existence of transgender people has manifested itself in a renewed interest by conservatives in drag queen events, reviving the performative hand-wringing and protesting of 2018.”
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Lauren Benet Stephenson, director of communications for the Colorado Education Association, highlighted Beedle’s work in a tweet Encouraging journalists to read the post, “about how Colorado got here — the many representatives and radio hosts who prepared to ignite it with anti-LGBTQ, anti-trans, and anti-drag hatred.”
For those who were paying attention, the nightclub shooting wasn’t difficult to predict.
“This mass shooting in Colorado Springs is appalling and what LGBTQ organizations and leaders have warned would happen if violent rhetoric against our community continues,” the activist said Charlotte Clymer tweeted. “This is what happens when hateful propaganda is left unchecked.”
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Journalist Jeff Sharlet tweeted: “As a human being, the news from Colorado Springs breaks my heart. As a right-wing journalist, I am furious at the latest in our slow-moving civil war. As a parent of a non-binary child who works hard to feel I hope I’m scared of what’s going to happen when you see the news today.”
Author Caitlyn Hays tweeted: “My heart goes out to the victims of the Club-Q shooting in Colorado Springs and their families left behind. We are not monsters. We are not freaks. We bleed and we love and we dream just as much as everyone else. We hope that one day we may all find some peace.”
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