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This week in LGBTQ Twitter: Clapping back at Marjorie Taylor Greene’s transphobia

U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene speaking with attendees at the 2021 AmericaFest at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
U.S. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene speaking with attendees at the 2021 AmericaFest at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.Photo: Gage Skidmore

This week, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) did her part to keep anti-transgender conspiracy theories alive. She started off by drawing a “line in the sand” suggesting that that anyone who supports transgender women is “pro-pedophile.”

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And she wrapped up the week by accusing mothers of “mutilating” babies through “transgenderism.” She also suggested that the support for transgender people is contributing to the collapse of American civilization.

But the people of Twitter weren’t having it. Many showed up in the comments to highlight actually child abuse, much of it at the hands of Republicans.

Sen. Chris Murphy got so “sick and tired of transgender kids getting bullied” that he took to the Senate floor to educate and call out the adults targeting them.

As easy as it is to write off Rep. Taylor Green as a distraction, Harvard Law instructor Alejandra Caraballo is urging folks to take her threats seriously. Caraballo pleaded with folks to “stop blowing this off as a side show” and recognize that “[w]hen a sitting congresswoman declares LGBTQ people as an existential threat to the country, it lays the foundation for violence.”

Musician Laura Jane Grace flipped the script on “grooming” rhetoric by pointing out that the existence of transgender adults is proof that children can’t be coerced into being a particular gender.

A trans boy in Alabama started a thread to highlight that he’s just “a normal goddamn kid,” and it really took off.

 

Pedophilia accusations were once a fringe QAnon belief. Now it’s a standard GOP tactic.

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