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A short history of where all this anti-trans stuff came from & why you should be concerned

Activists and protesters with the National Center for Transgender Equality rally in front of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Washington, after the Department of Education and the Justice Department announce plans to overturn the school guidance on protecting transgender students.
Activists and protesters with the National Center for Transgender Equality rally in front of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Washington, after the Department of Education and the Justice Department announce plans to overturn the school guidance on protecting transgender students. Photo: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Brynn Tannehill, an analyst who specializes in trans issues, tweeted out a primer on the background behind the recent spate of anti-transgender legislation that’s required reading for anyone wondering how trans folks became the new target of the religious right.

It started when an anti-LGBTQ hate group spent $10,000 to start a fake “feminist” group.

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“A short history of where all this anti-trans stuff came from, and why you should be concerned,” Tannehill posted. “Worth a read, please take a look.”

What follows is a sourced timeline of the machinations that led to the shift in focus. There was money to be made and power to be gained; hate groups and evangelical leaders needed a boogeyman – so they made one.

But what does it mean?

It “signals this is likely to be a wedge issue in 2022, and in the general election in 2024,” Tannehill says, “making it the first time in 20 years that LGBT issues have been centered in a presidential election, and that the GOP thinks they can win on this openly.”

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