The conservative Heritage Foundation hosted a panel in Washington Monday, called “The Inequality of the Equality Act: Concerns From the Left.” All four panelists had one thing in common: They oppose transgender rights.
The event’s moderator, Ryan T. Anderson, said in his introduction,
“If gender identity becomes a protected class in federal civil rights law, there will be serious negative consequences.” The increase in those identifying as transgender, “has become an epidemic.”
Invitees included three women from the Women’s Liberation Front, or WoLF, a radical feminist organization known for its opposition to transgender rights, and Hacsi Horvath, from the University of California, San Francisco, who formerly identified as transgender.
Horvath likened the trans rights movement to “the new eating disorder,” and Jennifer Chavez, a WoLF member, read from a letter that described increased transgender visibility and acceptance as
“a social contagion all over the internet.”
In a Facebook post, WoLF defended their participation in the Heritage panel,
“Our foremost concern is the safety and bodily integrity of the women and children whose lives would be placed at risk or ruined if gender identity legally replaces sex under law.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has said that passage of the Equality Act is one of the priorities in the Democratic-controlled House. This would explicitly add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which banned discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion and national origin.
Heron Greenesmith, a researcher at the liberal think tank Political Research Associates, said of this latest iteration of cooperation between conservatives and radical feminists…
“They are capitalizing on a scarcity mindset rhetoric… saying there aren’t enough rights to go around, and therefore we must prioritize cis women over everyone else. That’s right out of the right’s playbook, when they say, ‘Let’s prioritize citizens over noncitizens, let’s prioritize white people over people of color.’”
Meg Kilgannon, executive director of Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County, a group that opposes trans rights, said during the summit,
“Trans and gender identity are a tough sell, so focus on gender identity to divide and conquer.”
The YouTube post from the panel discussion below states,
“Who could be against a law that promises equality and bans discrimination? Parents who’ve already experienced grief, despair, and witnessed medical harms as they attempted to get help for their gender-confused children. Medical experts concerned about how adding “gender identity” into civil rights law would cause physical and psychological harm. People who have transitioned, and then detransitioned, concerned with what this ideology will do to children. Lesbians who have been punished for having the audacity to say that men are not women. Radical feminists concerned that nearly all sex-segregated spaces, colleges, sports, dormitories, and women’s rights in general will disappear if ‘gender identity’ becomes a protected class and the dangers this poses to women and girls.“