I have to agree with this response:
The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into a Texas school district after a recording was leaked of its superintendent ordering librarians to remove LGBTQ+ books from shelves.
Leaked audio from a meeting between Granbury Independent School District superintendent Jeremy Glenn and a group of librarians revealed staunchly anti-LGBTQ+ motives behind the district’s attempt to remove books from school shelves.
The Francis W. Parker School in Chicago was evacuated last week after a bomb threat was emailed to administrators.
The threat came after far-right activist group Project Veritas published a highly edited, undercover video implying students at the elite K-12 school in Lincoln Park were being indoctrinated into queer sex.
Chicago police said the emailed threat warned that a bomb would be placed on school grounds. The school’s security team determined the message “originated from out of the country,” officials said.
The idea that people should be allowed to discriminate based on "sincerely held beliefs" is so stupid, because every horrible kind of discrimination stems from a sincerely held belief.
Do you think white supremacists in the 1950s did not sincerely believe that it would be wrong to share a dining space with a black person?
In 1930s Germany, 1970s Cambodia, and 1990s Rwanda, the butchers didn't start by saying that they were going to make people suffer. They started by saying that those people DESERVED to suffer. Once they convinced enough people of that, the actual suffering was inevitable.
The constant drumbeat of conservative propaganda about immigrants and LGBT people sounds very much like this, and you're lying if you say it doesn't.
As early as 1922, Hitler was explicitly saying his goal was to totally annihilate the Jews, that if he ever took power he would build giant gallows in Munich and hang every Jew in the city until their bodies rotted out of the nooses, then repeat until there were none left alive in Germany. It's understandable to say things like "Sometimes it starts with code words," but it isn't always true.FB friend:In 1930s Germany, 1970s Cambodia, and 1990s Rwanda, the butchers didn't start by saying that they were going to make people suffer.
A terrifying new bill was released late Wednesday night in Oklahoma that would ban gender affirming care for a huge number people. Oklahoma SB129 would ban gender affirming care under the age of 26 years old. Gen Z would be entirely banned from gender affirming care under this bill. This prospect is terrifying because Gen Z has been the most open about transitioning and a bill like this would medically detransition a huge portion of Oklahoma’s transgender population. This comes after other states like New Hampshire and South Carolina saw bills filed to raise the age of transition to 21, and places like Florida utilized a sham medical board to ban gender affirming care under 18. Slowly, states are moving towards an outright ban on being transgender - it is for these reasons that people have begun calling the attacks on gender affirming care an attempt at genocide.
An Indiana state Republican has introduced a bill that, at first glance, seems to ban conversion therapy. But a closer look reveals that it’s actually just a bill seeking to ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth. It’s also designed to trick Democratic lawmakers into supporting it.
Indiana state Rep. Lorissa Sweet (R) has introduced H.B. 1118, a bill that prohibits healthcare professionals from “subjecting a minor to certain activities that purposely attempt to change, reinforce, or affirm a minor’s perception of the minor’s own sexual attraction.”
However, Sweet’s bill never mentions the phrase “conversion therapy.” Also, her bill would ban any attempt to “change, reinforce, or affirm a minor’s gender identity when the identity is inconsistent with the minor’s biological sex.” In other words, the bill would ban gender-affirming healthcare for transgender youth.
Sweet’s intention becomes clearer in two of the bill’s latter sections. One section bans a variety of gender-affirming surgeries that aren’t typically performed on minors. Another section specifically lists puberty blockers and hormone therapy among its prohibited actions.
Here’s where the bill tries to trick Democrats into voting for it. Its prohibitions on gender-affirming medications are listed alongside other brutal practices that neither any medical provider nor legislator would ever find acceptable. These include electrocuting a person’s genitals, wrapping their hands in heat coils, giving them an ice bath, and injecting them with vomit-inducing drugs.
Republicans in Wisconsin voted Thursday to once again block a statewide ban on so-called LGBTQ+ “conversion therapy.”
Under Gov. Tony Evers (D), the state’s Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board, an examining board in the Department of Safety and Public Standards (DSPS) which oversees licensing for mental health professionals, adopted rules banning the widely discredited practice of attempting to change LGBTQ+ patients’ sexuality or gender identity in 2020.
In 2021, Republicans on the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules temporarily suspended the ban. Republicans in both the state Senate and Assembly both took up a bill blocking the DSPS rule, but that bill died in committee at the end of the 2021–22 legislative session, and the committee’s ban lapsed. The ban on “conversion therapy” went back into effect on December 1.
On Thursday, the six Republicans on the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules voted to once again temporarily suspend the ban. The committee’s four Democrats opposed the move.
First Baptist Church — a megachurch in Jacksonville, Florida — is forcing its members to sign a “Biblical Sexuality Agreement,” an anti-LGBTQ+ statement that denies the existence of trans people, opposes same-sex marriage, and calls same-sex intercourse ungodly.
A bill in Arkansas that reclassifies “drag performance” as adult-oriented entertainment has been approved by Republicans in the state Senate and will now move to the House for consideration.
SB 43, introduced by Republican state Sen. Gary Stubblefield, would outlaw drag performances on public property or “where a minor can view” them. The full Senate passed the measure along party lines, 29 to 6.
Language in the bill is sweeping.
Under the measure, a “drag performance” is defined as one in which an individual exhibits a gender identity that is different from their sex assigned at birth “using clothing, makeup, or other accessories that are traditionally worn by members of and are meant to exaggerate the gender identity of the performer’s opposite sex.”