Colorado lawmaker says gender and sexuality should be ‘decided’ by age 21

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QAnon believer and Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert said out loud the quiet part about the Republican crusade against gender-affirming health care for trans youth. On April 1, Boebert shared a tweet this seemed to indicate support for the idea that people shouldn’t be able to decide about their sexuality or gender identity until they’re young adults – and sadly it doesn’t seem like a joke April fools.

“We require people to be 21 to buy alcoholic beverages and 21 to buy tobacco products,” the tweet read. “Why is it so unreasonable to require people to reach a certain level of maturity before making life-changing decisions about their sexuality and identity?”

Naturally, Boebert also oppose abortionand suggested rape victims need guns rather than access to abortion. This is what I call ~respecting the sanctity of life~. Not that I expect anyone who espoused the belief that President Joe Biden ‘stole’ the election and told people to “Save That Date” because January 6 possesses an overwhelming amount of logical prowess, reason, or empathy, but puberty is something most children have no control over. You know what gives kids who question their gender identity the time and space to make up their minds with virtually no side effects? That’s right, puberty blockers, access to which can have a tremendously positive effect on the mental health of trans children.

Boebert’s tweet also makes it clear that the right-wing crusade against trans existence is ultimately a crusade against all queer people. If there’s one thing I can trust Boebert for, it’s his ability to connect the issues of abortion, same-sex marriage, and transgenderism under the umbrella of “pro-life and family values.” on her. website. Boebert opposes all of these things, writing that “it is wrong to sacrifice the safety and well-being of our children on the altar of radical leftist ideology.”

In fact, the struggle for access to transition-related health care is ultimately not so different from access to abortion and other types of reproductive health care, which partly explains why efforts to restrict both occur so simultaneously. Both grant people bodily autonomy that disrupts not only your current reproductive capacity, but also any potential future babies you may or may not want to have. Gay people, trans people and people who have abortions are seen as a threat to the institution of the nuclear family; this is evident from Boebert’s assertion that “choosing” one’s sexuality or gender (non-cishet) before the age of 21 is even a matter of debate.

And although Boebert tries to draw parallels between age restrictions on alcohol and cigarettes and age restrictions on health care, the fact is that people will always find ways to access everything. which is restricted. Just check Reddit to find a plethora of forums dedicated to giving people the best information on how to self-administer hormones; these community conduits of knowledge also existed long before the Internet. Criminalizing trans health care or abortion will not stop people from trying to access these services. This will only make it more dangerous for them when they turn to unregulated/DIY routes.

All this to say that it is truly in the interest of queer cis people to defend trans dignity. Trans people are worth fighting for on their own, but it’s also worth noting that it’s only a matter of time before the right starts taking even more extreme positions that seek to preserve transgenderism. nuclear family. After all, in Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Jackson Brown’s potential courtroom meeting, Republican lawmakers were already signaling their opposition to same-sex marriage, the federal government right to abortionand even Mixed marriage. It’s only a matter of time before the priorities of the right shift from eliminating trans kids and critical race theory from the classroom to eliminating all gay people everywhere in the world. world.

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