Chasten Buttigieg had harsh words for the Republican Party as they claimed to celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month in the midst of orchestrating nationwide attack on LGBTQ rights.
“@GOP is proud to have doubled our LGBTQ support over the last 4 years, and we will continue to grow our big tent by supporting measures that promote fairness and balance protections for LGBTQ Americans and those with deeply held religious beliefs,” tweeted Ronna McDaniel, the Chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), yesterday.
That didn’t sit well with many LGBTQ people on Twitter, as Republican lawmakers have filed dozens of bills to roll back transgender rights in dozens of states this year while Senate Republicans refuse to pass a ban on anti-LGBTQ discrimination and Christian conservatives try to get federal judges to rule against LGBTQ rights by expanding religious exemptions.
“Those with ‘deeply held religious beliefs’ are often the parents who force their LGBTQ children out of the home and onto the street,” Buttigieg wrote. “I’ve met with those kids. 40% of homeless youth in this country are LGBTQ. Re-visit your party’s platform before you open your mouth about.”
Those with "deeply held religious beliefs" are often the parents who force their LGBTQ children out of the home and onto the street. I've met with those kids. 40% of homeless youth in this country are LGBTQ. Re-visit your party's platform before you open your mouth about #pride. https://t.co/z36BuFrQsO
— Chasten Glezman Buttigieg (@Chasten) June 3, 2021
Buttigieg has talked frankly in the past about moving out of his parents’ house at 18 just after he came out to them because he felt like “such a disappointment.”
Now he’s married to the first out gay Cabinet secretary in U.S. history and he’s speaking out about how “religious freedom” is often used to limit LGBTQ rights with religious conservatives saying that their religious beliefs prevent them from hiring LGBTQ employees or serving LGBTQ clients.
Others were similarly unimpressed with McDaniel’s Pride tweet.
"Come join the Republican party. We only support some oppression of LGBTQ rights" is an interesting sales pitch.
— josh T. (@dshwa76) June 3, 2021
Who's the second one?
— Devin Nunes' Alt-Mom (@NunesAlt) June 3, 2021
You're an utter ghoul and a liar.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) June 3, 2021
The GOP has tried to take healthcare away from #trans youth, despite being told by all major medical organizations (AMA, AAP, APA) that this is dangerous & would create a public health crisis.
It is not a party for #LGBTQ people, & it is not a party for healthcare professionals.
— Jack Turban MD (@jack_turban) June 3, 2021
8 of your governors have signed into law that trans girls and women cannot play high school & college sports on girls'/women's teams.
One did it on the VERY FIRST DAY of Pride Month.
Miss us with your hypocrisy.
Religion shouldn't trump another person's right to be who they are.
— Cathy Pegau📚🌈The Demon Equilibrium out Nov. 2021 (@CathyPegau) June 3, 2021
idk how to tell you this, ronna, but many many many queer and trans folks have deeply held religious beliefs themselves. even more LGBTQ+ allies with deeply held religious beliefs find your party’s continued efforts to marginalize and stigmatize us an affront to their faiths.
— highway highway hopes 🏳️🌈🐝 (@gracieminabox) June 3, 2021