Gay politician goes viral after confronting colleague over anti-trans bill

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A Democratic politician from Missouri has gone viral for confronting a Republican colleague over his bill to allow schools to ban trans students from sport.

Ian Mackey, who is gay, said the bill would alienate queer students and reminded him of the lack of acceptance he experienced at school when he was younger.

Mackey asked Republican state lawmaker Chuck Basye, who proposed the bill, about his own brother’s fear of coming out as gay to his family.

“Your brother wanted to tell you he was gay, didn’t he?” Mackey asked him.

Basye replied that his brother was worried he would “hold that against him and not let my children be around him”.

When asked why his brother would think that, the Republican admitted that he didn’t know. Bayse added he would “never” keep his children from their gay uncle.

But Mackey replied, “If I were your brother, I would have been afraid to tell you too.

“I would have been afraid to tell you to because of stuff like this, because this is what you’re focused on.

“This is the legislation you want to put forward. This is what consumes your time.

“I was afraid of people like you growing up.

“I grew up in a school district that would vote tomorrow to put this in place.”

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‘You may win today, but you’re going to lose’

Ian Mackey added he had grown up with “nice people” like his Republican colleague “who took me to ball games, who told me how smart I was” but then voted for anti-LGBTIQ legislation.

The Democratic lawmaker said when he was younger, he “couldn’t wait” to move to a more accepting area of the state and was thankful to “make it out”.

“I think every day about the kids who are still there who haven’t made out, who haven’t escaped from this kind of bigotry,” he said.

Mackey went on, “Gentlemen, I’m not afraid of you anymore. Because you’re going to lose.

“You may win this today, but you’re going to lose.”

Republican calls opponent Ian Mackey ‘loudmouth crybaby’ after viral speech

A TikTok of the two politician’s exchange posted by MSNBC has received over 3 million views, and hundreds of thousands of likes.

One person wrote on Twitter, “Meanwhile, in Missouri, State Representative Ian Mackie gives one of the most powerful speeches I have ever heard.”

The Missouri bill was originally drafted to make unrelated adjustments to election laws and audit Missouri’s voter rolls.

But Republican Chuck Basye added the transgender amendment to “save women’s sports,” he told the House of Representatives.

After the speech, Basye said in a statement Mackey is a “loudmouth crybaby” who was campaigning on the floor because he is “worried about his re-election”.

“His rhetoric during the debate has absolutely nothing to do with the amendment I offered to House Bill 2140,” he said.

The bill passed its first vote 98 votes to 40, after three hours of heated debate.

The legislation would allow school elections on whether trans students can participate on girls’ and women’s sports teams.

Hundreds of anti-LGBTIQ+ bills proposed across the US

In the US, more than a dozen state legislatures have passed laws to restrict trans youth from fully participating in school sports.

In the first three months of 2022, US lawmakers have proposed 238 bills to limit the rights of LGBTIQ+ Americans, according to the ACLU. Around half of them specifically target transgender people.

In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently supported a Liberal colleague’s private members bill to allow sports clubs to ban trans women from single-sex sports.

Sydney Liberal candidate Katherine Deves has also come under fire for her long history of anti-trans views.

Last week Greens leader Adam Bandt accused Scott Morrison of “weaponising” a culture war against vulnerable transgender people during the election campaign.

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  1. Peter Turner
    23 April 2022

    The bigots can no longer target the whole LGBTQI+ community as it is now unacceptable to the majority of Australians and they will be called out on their views. However, they seem to think that they can target the trans community and that is somehow acceptable.

    Most of these so-called “advocates” for women’s sport have probably not even met a trans woman or girl or their parents but somehow feel qualified to speak as if they were an expert.

    Well it is NOT acceptable and we should all be advocating on behalf of our trans comrades. Flood MSM with online comments calling them out for what they are…bigots!!

  2. Peter Turner
    23 April 2022

    Scott Morrison!! We are not idiots. We see through your attempt to divert discussion away from your obvious failings as the worst PM we have ever had.

    You know you cannot win Warringah so you keep this hateful conversation alive knowing that those in other marginal seats will be convinced to support the LNP.

    Politicizing and encouraging hateful, bigoted and divisive “debate” targeting an already marginalized community purely to win votes.

    You are a low level human being…and don’t even attempt to claim your “Christianity”. You are disgusting and the furthest thing from Christian.

    Your “seven mountains mandate” and it’s overtake of our society will fail.

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