Two Lawmakers Defend Against Anti-Trans Bigotry

Republican Missouri State Representative Chuck Basye introduced an amendment to a new bill that would give local school districts the power to call elections to choose if transgender girls can play school-sponsored girls’ sports. In response, Representative Ian Mackey, who is openly gay, defended the trans community. Mackey asked Basye why Basye’s brother did not tell his family he was gay. Basye replied: “He thought that, uh, we would hold that against him and not let my children be around him.” Here was Mackey’s reply.

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