Tuesday, July 26, 2016

How to demonstrate intentional bigotry towards the trans community

Sarah McBride
Christian News Network is running with a piece headlined: “Democratic National Convention to Feature First-Ever ‘Transgender’ Speaker.” I have no idea why the word transgender is in scare quotes. The piece goes on to state:
The Democratic National Convention is set to feature its first-ever “transgender” speaker this Thursday as a man who identifies as a woman is scheduled to take the stage in support of Hillary Clinton.

Tim McBride, who goes by the name Sarah, serves as the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and is also a volunteer on the steering committee of Trans United for Hillary.

McBride explained in 2012 that he felt he was transgender as a child, but buried his struggle with his identity in his love for politics.
First of all, in polite society we address people as they choose to be addressed. Using the correct pronouns is simply good manners. Referring to Ms. McBride by her birth name is intentionally insulting. Finally, Ms. McBride should not be referred to as “a man who identifies as a woman.” The day will come when she will simply be referred to as a woman. Meanwhile, transgender woman seems to be the best frame of reference. Not surprisingly, the same piece expresses a problem with gay people:
As previously reported, last week’s Republican National Convention featured PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who declared to those gathered that he is “proud to be gay.”

“Of course, every American has a unique identity,” Thiel said. “I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all, I am proud to be an American.”

His declaration was met with cheers and chants of “USA.”

Some have consequently expressed disappointment in the Republican Party and its increasing similarity to the Democratic Party.
Christian News Network can be at ease. The GOP platform looks nothing like the Democratic platform. Personally I think that Mr. Thiel (who is an extraordinarily smart person) was a useful idiot spouting Tea Party talking points. The cheers that he received amounted to a cynical embrace of LGBT people—counting voters. From my perspective, the Republican Party is at least as anti-LGBT as any time in history. The GOP was hijacked by conservative Christians in the early 1980s. It remains in that stranglehold.

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