Post submitted by Lucas Acosta (he/him), former Deputy Director of Communications, Politics
With days left ahead of the tightly contested Virginia Elections, one thing is clear: Republican leaders have no problem showing off their anti-LGBTQ agenda.
With 7 days left ahead of the tightly contested Virginia Elections, one thing is clear: Republican leaders have no problem showing off their anti-LGBTQ agenda. In recent days, the Virginia GOP has attacked Danica Roem for her identity and used the incorrect word “transgendered” in a mailer to attack pro-Equality candidates.
Next week, Virginia voters will choose equality and reject the anti-LGBTQ extremism of the Virginia GOP.
Here are some of the lowlights of Virginia Republican’s anti-LGBTQ candidates and campaign:
Prince William County GOP launched a transphobic attack on Danica Roem
Additionally, Roem’s opponent Kelly McGinn signed onto a letter that compared support for marriage equality and reproductive rights as “morally repugnant” practices like slavery.
Daily Beast: Danica Roem, Trans History Maker, Fights Another Anti-LGBT Candidate—and Their Donors—in Virginia
Minority Leader Tim Hugo accused children of lying about their gender identity to gain access to bathrooms and locker rooms.
He said, “it’s not the potential, it happens--that somebody will say, ‘I now identify as a girl or I identify as a boy, I want to use the boys locker room but I'm biologically a girl and vice versa.’” [WMAL, 5/11/15]
State Sen. Amanda Chase called homosexuality “sexual dysphoria”
Chase also supports conversion therapy and said “Some parents believe along with their kids that homosexuality is a sin and, you know, they need options.”
VA Dogwood: Read Sen. Amanda Chase’s most provocative comments against LGBTQ people, equal rights, and Toni Morrison
Anti-LGBTQ funder, and Roy Moore donor, Dick Uihlein gave Del. Nick Freitas $500,000 for his write-in bid
GOP Del. Todd Gilbert said prohibiting anti-LGBTQ discrimination “may not be in the best interest of society.” [Washington Post, 1/1/11]
Gilbert also said an anti-LGBTQ non-discrimination bill would lead to “situations where you have cross-dressing cops, where you have your child's kindergarten teacher who is this semester a male and next semester a female.” [Washington Post, 1/1/11]
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