I wonder if Caitlyn Jenner has actually listened to the crap coming out of the mouths of the politicians she pledged allegiance to in her Diane Sawyer interview. Yesterday, she introduced herself to the world as her real self and immediately the media started digging up anti-transgender comments from members of the Republican Party. Soon after the digging began, a comment Mike Huckabee made earlier this year came back to bite him in the ass.
While speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee in February, Huckabee went full on pervert and said he wishes he’d pretended to be a transgender girl in high school so he could watch his classmates shower:
Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE. I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, ‘Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.’ You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous doesn’t it?
Actually what’s ridiculous is that the only people who seem to want to see women showering are the same men who claim they need to protect us from perverts. I asked one of my friends, Brooke Bobincheck, what she thought about Huckabee’s harmful comments and the GOP’s attitude toward the transgender community as a whole; she had this to say:
Clearly these leaders of the GOP delight in their ignorance. Presenting a clear disregard for any actual knowledge in the entire LGBT spectrum, much less the delicate issues faced on the Transgender front. Ignorance is one thing, that can be cured with education. Stupidity is quite another, which delves into the heart of the GOP.
She went on to explain how the Republican Party is hurting the community with their unbelievable ignorance:
As a trans*woman, I can safely say that these leaders of the American right-wing are doing an excellent job to destabilize an already fragile infrastructure of support for the Transgender community, debasing us to nothing more than our genitals and lumping all of us I’m with the lowest class of society (pedophiles) is beyond appalling. It is schoolyard bullying at the adult level. It is harassment writ large. Cisgender persons are not classified based on genitals. Why are we? Because we are outside the social norm. Because we frighten society with something new even though we are not new. We threaten people with a powerful weapon: Change.
I would suggest that the entire Republican Party educate themselves before speaking about a community that they very clearly know nothing about. Just because they seem to have an obsession with looking at women in restrooms and locker rooms doesn’t mean everyone else shares their sick obsession. I would also suggest that Ms. Jenner switch parties ASAP because the Republican Party has done nothing but harm the very community she is now a part of.
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