Boebert Uses Homophobic and Transphobic Language Discussing Equality Act
On Wednesday, Representative Lauren Boebert appeared on Steve Bannon’s show on the “Real America’s Voice” network to discuss the Equality Act, which was passed in the House last week. Or, in her words: “The so-called Equality Act.” For Boebert the name was a “play on words.” Because, she said, “there is nothing about equality in that act! If anything, it’s supremacy—of gays, lesbians, and—uh….” Boebert then pauses before saying a slur for transgender people that we prefer not to write out but can be heard in a video link below. In the past, the word has been used as both a mental illness and a criminal offense.
Railing against a piece of legislation that, if passed, would amend civil rights laws to extend protections for LGBTQ+ people in all sorts of sectors, Boebert completely misses the point of the bill. The Equality ensures protections for LGBTQ people in areas including housing, employment, and “public accommodations” such as retail stores. Proponents call it a necessary extension of the Civil Rights Act, while opponents have argued that the bill would infringe on religious rights.
Of course, there’s no legitimate explanation for how treating literally everyone the same infringes on anyone else’s rights, but this is the same person who tweeted Nancy Pelosi’s location during the January 6th insurrection and remains ever tenacious in her attempts to bring her gun to the House floor.
.@RepBoebert says the Equality Act “is about the supremacy of gays, lesbians, and transvestites.” Making it so LGBT people can’t be fired for who they are/love is not “supremacy,” it’s the same protections that everyone else already has (aka EQUALITY).pic.twitter.com/9ItS7OB8zB
— Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈 (@AmoneyResists) March 3, 2021
Boebert is intentionally being hurtful and seems to enjoy it, pausing before saying the word and then proceeds like a middle school mean girl. Some of her Republican colleagues like Debbie Lesko and Marjorie Taylor Greene have also incorporated transphobic tropes in their tweets. “The Dems’ so-called ‘Equality Act’ would force schools and women’s shelters to allow biological men into women’s spaces, including women’s bathrooms and locker rooms! This completely undermines women and girls’ privacy!” Lesko tweeted.
The Boebert's formal education or lack thereof is not the issue. The issue is that she's a hateful bigot and monumentally stupid. All the education in the world won't leach that out of her.
— Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) March 3, 2021
Many transgender people have faced discrimination in spaces traditionally designated for cisgender women, such as public locker rooms, bathrooms, domestic abuse shelters, homeless shelters, medical offices, and many other places, according to a survey conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality.