Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Campaign wants transgender community to 'ask them first' before using restroom

What's worse than religious right groups lying about the lgbt community? It's when they get patronizing:

Minnesotans are the face of a new campaign by a national network of anti-LGBTQ organizations. The campaign, #askmefirst, features Christians imploring schools, businesses, and “transgender activists” to ask them for permission before allowing transgender people to use the bathroom.

A video released with the campaign’s launch last week features Emily and Jamie. The video doesn’t say where the duo are from. Their story is about a school that didn’t “ask them first” before making steps to be inclusive of transgender and gender nonconforming youth. The two parents formerly had children at Nova Classical Academy in St. Paul and were outspoken critics of what they call “gender confusion.” Both appeared at a press conference earlier this year with Republican Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen and spoke in support of barring transgender people from using the bathroom.

 In the video released last week, they spoke of a “gender confused student.” Emily said, “This is a battle for our children’s innocence… It’s a battle that I think is worth fighting and I will continue it for other people’s children.”

The Ask Me First campaign was developed by the Family Policy Alliance — formerly called Citizenlink — which provides a network of financial and political assistance for Family Policy Councils throughout the United States including the Minnesota Family Council. 

No, their children's "innocence" is not threatened by transgender boys and girls using bathrooms.  That is a lie which has been refuted continuously. And unfortunately refutations mean nothing to these groups and their supporters because they repeat the lie, as if they believe that constant repetition is the same as truth.

And what's worse is how these ladies claim to be fighting for children. That is the crux when it comes to the absolute moral obscenity of this campaign.

What about transgender children? Don't they have rights? Who is fighting for them? Or do these women, in spite of their perky smiles, June Cleaver personas, and precise talking points, even care about transgender children?

Or could it be that they and the organization behind this monstrosity of a video simply don't care about our transgender kids?


Brian Gerhardt said...

Comments are disabled for the video on YouTube....which begs the question: How can we ask you first if you won't even allow comments?

Brianna said...

I sent them a message through their website. they don't seem to like having public discussions because by their own admission, they cannot control the narrative. so sad... =(

Tor said...

Although I don't believe them on this issue, loss of innocence is a natural part of growing up, unless one plans to live under a rock.

Shannon Spencer Fox said...

Not quite the same concept, but similar in note:

'I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.' -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 'Letter from Birmingham Jail'

Anonymous said...

I think religious people need to start asking people before they use the bathroom.

We've all heard about those child molesting Christian priests, haven't we?

This is a battle for our children's innocence and livelyhood.



Seriously Christians - ask us first.

Especially if you're a Republican:

Erica Cook said...

As these people turn children into boogy monsters, I wonder what they would do if a real threat came along. Don't let a transgender girl pee in the girls room, but oops, a convicted pedophile just moved in next door. Well, at least their not trans, so it's okay.

Jessica said...

"as if they believe that constant repetition is the same as truth." Because it's exactly that to people who can not apply reason and logic.

Taryn Vivino said...

It is not their children's "innocence" that is "threatened", nor is that truthfully what these people are concerned with. It is their ability to instill the same prejudices in their children that they themselves hold dear that is genuinely threatened. Because if and when people are exposed to real, live transgender folks, they invariably learn, surprisingly enough, that other than being born with a gender identity that doesn't match our assigned sex at birth, we are pretty much just like them. And when we're permitted to use the same bathrooms that they do, they discover it's -- *shocked gasp* -- for the same simple, mundane reasons they do, and it's genuinely no big deal. It's hard to hold onto artificial prejudices in the face of actual life experience that contradicts the prejudice.