Friday, January 17, 2020

Why Do Republicans Hate Us?

It is like they all got the same memo. We are being attacked all around the country with flood of anti-LGBTQ legislation introduced this election year by Republican legislators.
Republicans declare war on transgender people in state legislatures all over the US
Some of the bills go as far as making it a felony to provide health care to a transgender child.
LGBTQ Nation
By Alex Bollinger
January 16, 2020

Republican lawmakers have filed a bevy of bills restricting transgender rights all over the country in the last two months.

The organization Freedom for All Americans is tracking anti-transgender legislation at the state level, where numerous bills have been filed this month and in December.

Many of the bills are intended to stop gender-affirming health care for minors. Bills have been introduced in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas that would restrict young transgender people’s access to health care.
Other states, including Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Washington, are attacking transgender students’ ability to compete in sports, requiring them – or just trans girls, like in Washington’s bill – to compete with the gender indicated on their birth certificates or with their sex assigned at birth.
And I would not be surprised if we see the same legislation introduced here in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

It is a wedge issue that the Republicans think can distract the public from everything going on in Washington. It is smoke and mirrors that they think can deflect the voters and rally their angry base and we are the target of that hate of anyone who is different from their lily white base.

And it is not just trans people that the Republicans are attacking but anything LGBTQ.
Tennessee passes bill to stop same-gender parents from adopting, violating human rights
The bill discriminates against LGBTQ+ parents and leaves thousands of children in need of loving homes completely stranded.
By Chandni Ganesh
January 16, 2020

The Bible Belt has been on a roll as of late, attempting to strip American citizens of their human rights. Most recently, the state of Tennessee passed a bill that would essentially stop same-gender parents from adopting children if they wished to become parents. Technically, the bill proposes protection to faith-based foster care and adoption agencies if they choose to exclude LGBTQ+ parents from adopting children, NBC News reports. Nonetheless, the impact of such a bill is the continued marginalization of the LGBTQ+ community. This is especially problematic as the majority of Tennessee's population is religious, in particular, Christian. Over 80 percent of the residents in the state are some form of Christian.

The State Senate (at present controlled by the Republican Party) passed the oppressive bill on the first day of the 2020 legislative session. It was approved by Tennessee's House of Representatives during the last legislative session, in April. After the Senate passed the bill, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced on Tuesday that he would sign the bill into law without hesitation, despite several warnings that doing so could possibly result in dozens of "negative consequences for Tennessee’s reputation." Governor Lee’s communication director, Chris Walker, confirmed on Tuesday that he plans to sign the resolution shortly.
Why do the Republicans hate us?

On Monday I was channel surfing, I came across PBS and they were showing “Frontline investigates 'America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump'
FRONTLINE begins its 2020 election year coverage with a two-part, four-hour documentary series investigating America’s increasingly bitter, divided and toxic politics.

From veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team, America’s Great Divide: From Obama to Trump draws on revelatory new interviews with key political and cultural figures, as well as an unparalleled archive of in-depth broadcast reporting across two presidential administrations, to offer crucial context for the current moment.

Part One traces how Barack Obama’s promise of unity collapsed as increasing racial, cultural and political divisions laid the groundwork for the rise of Donald Trump. Part Two examines how Trump’s campaign exploited the country’s divisions, how his presidency has unleashed anger on both sides of the divide, and what America’s polarization could mean for the country’s future.
It was an excellent program, it showed why the Republican party turned to hate as a strategy, why they adopted hate and divisiveness as a campaign strategy.

Please watch…
America's Great Divide, Part 1 (full film) | FRONTLINE
America's Great Divide, Part 2 (full film) | FRONTLINE

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