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CNN Offers Platform for Hate Group Leader to Respond to California’s Transgender Student Rights Law

Yesterday, CNN invited notorious anti-LGBT activist Randy Thomasson to respond to California’s new transgender student rights law alongside Transgender Law Center Executive Director Masen Davis, a longtime leader in LGBT advocacy and a transgender man.

Thomasson has a long history of anti-LGBT rhetoric, as noted by Media Matters, and, predictably took the opportunity on a national network to proliferate those views.

During the segment, Thomasson not only lies about the struggles of transgender students, calling them “sexually confused,” but completely disrespects and insults Masen Davis by signing off from the interview with, “Hey, good to talk to you ladies.”

Southern Poverty Law Center considers to be a hate group, though CNN makes no mention of the organization’s reputation.

A recent HRC landmark youth survey found that transgender students were twice as likely as gay and lesbian students and five times as likely as non-LGBT students to report being frequently excluded by peers at school.  The California law is vital step to addressing this issue. We know from decades of experience and research that students learn best when they feel safe and included at school. But far too many transgender and gender non-conforming students are denied such a safe place to learn and thrive. The Success and Opportunity Act takes an important step forward in providing all students with a safe and welcoming environment in which to learn.

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