February 8, 2023

OPINION: Republicans’ federal “Don’t Say Gay” bill is a hate crime

OPINION: Republicans' federal "Don’t Say Gay" bill is a hate crime

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Why are MAGA Republicans overly obsessed with other peoples’ bodies? Whether they’re trying to control women’s reproductive systems or everyone’s true gender identity, no one who identifies as a Trump supporter is capable of letting other people simply live. Which is a tenet of that Bible they’re always cherry-picking along with the Constitution, isn’t it? TRUMPOCRITES, yo.

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I’ll keep saying this until more people say it with me: there are NO LAWS controlling the issuance of semen, which is super odd considering there’s no such thing as pregnancy without sperm. Men cause 100% of all pregnancies, wanted or unwanted, whether made from love or as the product of incestuous rape.

But the onus of bringing the fertilized egg within the “host body” to full term is solely on the person with the uterus immediately upon seeing that positive pregnancy test, while there are still no consequences for the sperm’s delivery system.

Seems super wrong to me that my medical decisions are being made by a handful of total strangers instead of my doctor and me. Just as it’s wrong for the government to tell people not to be themselves, to not love who they love, and to make demands on how they live and love.

Supporters gather for a Safe Schools South Florida & Friends rally to push back against the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill (HB 1557/SB 1834) at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2022. The bill would ban classroom discussions related to sexual orientation and gender identity in schools. (Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS/ABACAPRESS.COM)

House Republicans have introduced a homophobic bill that would ban any entity that receives federal money from talking about sexual orientation or gender identity to children under the age of 10, going far beyond Florida’s popularly named “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Thirty-two House Republicans have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill introduced by Rep. Mike Johnson (Q-the Louisiana bayou via a college bathhouse visit he wishes he could forget but can’t quite ever drink away), which he called the “Stop the Sexualization of Children Act.”

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The bill would cut federal funding to libraries, school districts, hospitals, government entities, or other organizations for “hosting or promoting any program, event, or literature involving sexually-oriented material.” FREAKS! If only your parents were capable of teaching you to express your sexual feelings in a healthy way.

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Repressed MAGA freaks are trying to control the population along with its education and belief systems. It’s anti-American to force your beliefs on another person as a way to control them. That’s fascism. And the MAGA GOP is taking a page from the Catholic Church by wrapping their hate agenda in Bible verses and fear when their faith in their version of the invisible sky daddy should be as equally far from Congress as the decision to end an unwanted pregnancy. The hypocrisy–the TRUMPocrisy-is staggering.

Yes, this is the same bunch of Republicans that are not holding Herschel Walker accountable for the abortions he paid for because they need that Senate seat. Or Matt Gaetz for that still-open FBI investigation into raping and sex trafficking teenage girls. They truly don’t care about life. They don’t care about kids. They care about money and power. They care about control. And they will do all they can to suppress the opposing voices, which always come from minority communities.

The bill defines “sexually-oriented material” as “any topic involving gender identity, gender dysphoria, transgenderism, sexual orientation, or related topics,” which could include an elementary school teacher keeping a picture of their spouse on their desk or a sign at a hospital with a rainbow flag on it if kids enter the hospital. It’s unclear if simply allowing an LGBTQ person to work in a role where they interact with children would be considered a violation of the law. Again, just let the kids live, FREAKS.

I don’t care if you don’t like the LGBTQ community, you’re not going to get carefully untaught any time soon and you’re not capable of the kind of self-awareness it takes to ask yourself why you feel threatened by another person just living a life that looks different than yours.

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But I would ask you to leave everyone alone instead of trying to turn the country into one giant Florida swamp filled with hate along with the alligators and cocaine.

When was the last time a transgender person demanded the GOP be controlled by any law? LIVE AND LET LIVE FFS.

Tara Dublin is a woefully underappreciated and unrepresented writer currently shopping a super cool novel that has nothing to do with politics while also fighting fascism on the daily.

Follow her on Twitter @taradublinrocks.

Editor’s note: This is an opinion column that solely reflects the opinions of the author.

Tara Dublin

Tara Dublin is a woefully unrepresented writer who thinks more people would read her cool rock & roll love story inspired by Dave Grohl than any ghostwritten GOP crapbook, agents & publishers. Follow Tara on Twitter @taradublinrocks

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