I can’t remember if I’ve posted this before, but Rolling Stone’s piece on how the religious right decided to target trans people as a proxy for everybody they don’t like is a superb piece of journalism.
a small band of well-connected far-right activists was resurrecting an approach from the oldest anti-LGBTQ playbook: to transform the civic debate about homosexuality into a panic about predators. As national activists fretted at the Ritz-Carlton, Houston players had already sketched out a plan to turn voters against nondiscrimination ordinances by framing the debate as one about safety for women and girls.
It’s worth bearing in mind any time you hear somebody parrot their talking points. They’re either malicious or they’re ignorant.
On a related note, the UK government has responded to a bad faith petition about gender recognition act reform with one of the most diplomatically worded “what the fuck is wrong with you people?” replies I’ve ever read.
The LGBT+ Lib Dems Twitter account is becoming quite the wise and witty source of accurate information about all of this stuff.
The best we can work out is that the people doing the protests seem to think that the Gender Recognition Act has some provision that changes how the Equality Act sees you.
But it doesn’t. It really, really doesn’t. They made that up.
On a personal note, this week saw the first time I’d travelled anywhere using my new ID (passport etc) and being me full-time on planes, trains and automobiles. The life of the late-transitioning trans person is probably best illustrated by these two quotes, both from the same night in the same venue:
“Would you like something to drink, madam?”
“It’s through there on your right, sir.”