Sunday, June 12, 2022

Their goal is not to protect trans kids (Idaho, 2022)


"The Idaho House of Representatives...passed legislation to make it a crime punishable by life in prison for a parent to seek out gender-affirming health care for their transgender child." (NBC, March 9, 2022)


"Idaho police...arrested 31 members of the Patriot Front hate group who planned to 'riot' at a Pride event in downtown Coeur d'Alene, officials announced...'They came to riot downtown,' Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said at a news conference...'It appears they did not come here to engage in peaceful events,' Kootenai County Sheriff Robert Norris, told the Coeur d’Alene Press...Those arrested came from at least 11 states..." (Huff Post, June 11, 2022)

The group's leader had a seven-page document with an operational plan for the protest.

The goal of targeting gender-affirming care for kids isn't to protect kids. The goal is to make Nazis appear. Working as expected.

After the arrest, the police received death threats. Two days after the arrest, "Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said...he [had] received a mix of 149 phone calls, half of which were 'hate and threats from elsewhere, including white supremacists, etc.' The other half of the calls were 'supportive calls from the Coeur D’Alene community.'" (HuffPost)

Read the CNN explainer on Patriot Front, and also note:

If you believe people need to be protected from their own trans-ness, as if it were an illness of which they needed to be cured, why do you also want to villainize or hurt those people? An insight from Susan Sontag: In the mid-19th century, people began to understand that illnesses were caused by microorganisms. No longer was there simply a person who was mysteriously ill; there was an identifiable enemy attacking that person, so to speak. This was when "medicine really began to be effective, and the military metaphors took on new credibility and precision. Since then, military metaphors have more and more come to infuse all aspects of the description of the medical situation. Disease is seen as an invasion of alien organisms, to which the body responds by its own military operations, such as the mobilizing of immunological ‘defenses,’ and medicine is ‘aggressive,’ as in the language of most chemotherapies." (Susan Sontag, AIDS and Its Metaphors (1989), Chapter 1)

Update: Proud Boys also showed up to protest at a Nevada library on June 26, 2022. The library was holding a drag queen story hour, and one of the men was openly carrying a gun (legal in Nevada) and approached the library. Proud Boys showed up at a California LGBTQ bar on June 30, 2022, harassing patrons at the door and making comments about "pedophiles." The bar had planned an all-ages drag show and had to postpone the event.

See also

"Trans Kids Are Found in History, Too" (5-minute read) or "How the Far-Right Comes for Trans People" (4-minute read). Using these links get you around the paywall.

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