Leftists ignore Clinton’s transgender warning

Progressive Democrats aren’t bothered by Hillary Clinton’s recent warning not to “elevate” transgender issues if they want to win future elections.

Breitbart News reports that a large number of progressive groups recently signed a letter calling for so-called transgender rights and chastising those who oppose them. 

The letter

The letter is titled, “In Support of Full Inclusion for Transgender and All LGBTQI+ Youth: An Open Letter from the Civil and Human Rights Community.” It was signed by some 150 left-wing groups.

At the outset, the author writes:

. . . we call for the full inclusion, protection, and celebration of transgender and non-binary youth, including access to extracurricular activities such as athletics and to school facilities, safe and inclusive school environments, accurate and inclusive curriculum, and gender-affirming school health services.

In the very next sentence, the author attacks those who oppose such policies.

The letter reads:

We reject the bigoted, ignorant, mean-spirited, and discriminatory policies currently being considered by far too many state legislatures that seek to exclude transgender people and make these members of our communities invisible. Targeting and excluding transgender students from participation in school programming, including athletics programs, alongside their cisgender1 peers is harmful to all students and undermines the learning environment for everyone. If schools mark some students effectively as outcasts, they foster an environment where no student is included and safe.

In the main body of the letter, the author makes arguments in support of the groups’ call for transgender rights. And, the letter concludes with a call for state policymakers to support policies in favor of transgender rights and to oppose those policies that go in the opposite direction.

Clinton’s warning

The letter comes just days after Clinton issued her warning to her fellow Democrats about focusing too much on transgender issues. The warning came during an interview that she did with the Financial Times.

There, Clinton was asked:

Democrats seem to be going out of their way to lose elections by elevating activist causes, notably the transgender debate, which are relevant only to a small minority. What sense does it make to depict JK Rowling as a fascist?

Clinton replied:

We are standing on the precipice of losing our democracy, and everything that everybody else cares about then goes out the window. Look, the most important thing is to win the next election. The alternative is so frightening that whatever does not help you win should not be a priority.

Clinton, for the remark, immediately faced a backlash on social media from transgender rights supporters. And, now, there is this letter.

It’s clear that a sizeable number of Democrats just do not seem to be with Clinton on this one.

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