Condragulations to Peppermint, the newest official ACLU ambassador! Her first act in the new role is hosting the ACLU’s Sing Out for Freedom concert on November 22. The annual event celebrates diversity on Broadway and raises money for ACLU’s work protecting civil liberties for all.
ACLU invited Peppermint to a Supreme Court proceeding on Title VII, which gave her a better sense of how the organization supports the Constitutional rights of American minorities. The ACLU has been inundated with a raft of anti-trans legislation at the state level, much of which is boilerplate from a couple of anti-trans think tanks. Via Passport:
Right now there seems to be this giant wave of anti-trans laws going into effect. Starting back in January, a sort of fearmongering developed to make others afraid of trans people by using school sports. The claim from conservatives is that trans women and girls playing on girls’ sports teams is inherently unfair and harmful to girls because, I guess in their minds, trans women are actually men trying to beat girls at sports? What are your thoughts on this new wave of hatred against trans people?
Yes, well, we need to start with this: People fear what is unknown. And unfortunately, with LGBTQ people, and trans people especially, being minority communities in many populations across the globe makes it easy for people to spread inaccuracies about us. They use the fact that people don’t know much about the transgender community to their advantage. There was even a GLAAD report that stated up to 80% of Americans said they’ve never known or met someone who is transgender. I mean, there’s a higher percentage of people who report that they’ve seen a ghost! And when that’s the case, it becomes really easy for others to tell our story for us. Unfortunately, people use this to say that trans people are predators, or that we’re trying to harm people in locker rooms…even though none of it is true.
Peppermint is surrounded by, what else, peppermints! (Photo: James Michael Avance)
But, sadly, this is nothing new. This is the same playbook being used on a new target. These same kinds of tactics were once used to make people afraid of gay folks, and before that, black and brown people.
In case you missed it, Peppermint joined Bob the Drag Queen to discuss the recent Netflix controversy over their decision to give Dave Chappelle $24.1 million to make tired jokes at the expense of trans people.
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