For decades, the Republican Party has fought against recognition of the rights of LGBTQ people, the same rights that straight cisgender people enjoy every day.
The party fought against same-sex marriage, job and housing protections, accessible health care for LGBTQ people, and more. More recently, the party removed the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act to include LGBTQ people as a protected class.
When Republican elected officials don’t portray LGBTQ people as deserving of mockery, they call them people to be feared. This often involves employing the age-old trope that LGBTQ people covertly target children in order to recruit them in some way.
North Carolina Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson recently sparked outrage with his own homophobia, claiming that students learn “dirt” for learning that LGBTQ people exist.
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Johnson told the audience:
“I say it now, and I say it, and I don’t care who likes it – these problems have no place in school. There is no reason that anyone, anywhere in America, should tell a kid about transgender, homosexuality – all that dirt. And yes I called it dirt, and if you don’t like me calling it dirt – come see me and I’ll get you. will explain it “,
Johnson’s sectarian comments have led some North Carolina state senators to call for his resignation, but the Lieutenant Governor is just doubling down, insisting he has seen educational material that addresses the aspects graphics of LGBTQ sex and suggesting that teaching students about LGBTQ people is part of a larger and insidious agenda.
His comments were slammed on social media.
Others criticized the church for highlighting the lieutenant governor’s comments and religious views that are based on the marginalization of LGBTQ people.
Robinson has no plans to step down and is expected to run for governor in 2024.