I am gutted by the fighting between Israelis and Palestinians right now. I’m no foreign policy expert, but I do know that nothing good can come from one group of people not seeing another group of people as human.
Needless to say, the routine dehumanizing of transgender people by right-wing extremists in the United States is alarming. Attacking this tiny minority of already marginalized people has become a major priority for the Republican Party, even while the party seems to be falling apart. The party can’t keep a Speaker of the House on the job, but Republicans across the country seem to have all the time in the world to make life harder for trans people.
In Wisconsin, Republicans are laser-focused on anti-trans legislation. Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, has promised to veto all anti-trans bills.
According to The Advocate, Evers wrote on social media, “My message to LGBTQ folks — especially our trans kids — is this: you are welcome, you are wanted, and you belong here. And I’ll veto any bill that makes Wisconsin a less welcoming, less inclusive, and less safe place for you to be who you are.”
Evers made this comment “while legislators were hearing testimony on anti-trans bills — one to ban gender-affirming care for trans youth and two that would bar trans girls from competing in girls’ school sports,” The Advocate reports.
Rep. Scott Allen is a co-sponsor of the bill to ban trans-affirming care for young people.
“To any transgender individual who may be listening today,” Allen said at a hearing on the bill, according to the Wisconsin Examiner, “I want to say you matter, and you contribute to the state of Wisconsin.”
Oh, hell no. He’s giving some real “love the sinner, hate the sin” energy, and I am not here for it. You absolutely do not get to co-sponsor an anti-trans bill and tell the people you’re hurting that you care about them.
Allen then went on to describe the type of care that he’s trying to ban as “experiments,” even though gender-affirming care is far from experimental. He said he wanted young people to “consider the long-term consequences of gender transition and make an appropriate choice for them when they become a legal adult.”
Tell me you know nothing about gender-affirming care works without telling me you know nothing about how gender-affirming care works. Actually, he did tell us. He made it very clear.
It’s wild that the people who are pushing these kinds of bills through legislatures nationwide seem to think that kids decide to be transgender on a whim.
“It’s not like it’s something where kids just one day decide that they’re trans and the next day they suddenly have surgery,” Stephanie Budge, an associate professor of counseling psychology at the UW-Madison, told the Wisconsin Examiner. “That’s not how it works. There’s a big process that happens for youth and how they discuss their identity and the kind of work that they do with their therapy team, their pediatricians or endocrinologists. There are a lot of people who are involved in this process, and it’s not easy or quick decision-making.”
But wait, I thought kids became transgender because their woke schools had the graphic novel Gender Queer in their libraries, and their woke teachers told them how cool and awesome being transgender is? But this “professor of counseling psychology” is trying to tell us that it’s more complicated than this? How could that possibly be? I’ll take my medical advice from a random state rep in Wisconsin, thank you very much.
Obviously, I’m kidding.
A favored argument against gender-affirming care is that people grow up to regret it. But such regret is rare, Budge tells the Examiner, calling the difference for clients who have access to care “night and day.”
“I’ve seen people go from me, like feeling like this person probably will not live for another six months, to having that person become completely joyful and be able to be themselves, to actually be a kid and to be a person,” Budge said.
Gender-affirming care saves lives. Republicans want you to think that doctors are slicing and dicing kids’ private parts, but that is not the case.
What is the case is that trans kids deserve to “be a kid and to be a person.” Dedicating yourself and your power as an elected lawmaker to deny them of such a thing is sick.