Just recently I posted about the Somali community in Minneapolis working to get funding for a halal food shelf and the utter fail of the atheist community in response to that attempt. Well we have more sad news from Minnesota, which as a native Minneapolitan makes me quite sad. Unfortunately, Minnesota wasn’t happy just screwing over people of color, they had to get trans* people in on the action too. Last week, the largest newspaper in the state, The Star Tribune, ran this delightfully transphobic ad. The ad was paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League, an organization so homophobic that I could only read one sentence of their website before throwing up in my mouth a little bit (no, I’m not going to link because they don’t need extra traffic).
Some background: the Minnesota State High School League, which runs most Minnesota high school sports, is considering a policy that would allow transgender students to play on teams with the gender they identify as. This is awesome! There’s some fuss about fairness and whether they’ve started hormones or not, but it is a step in the right direction for trans equality even if it’s not perfect.
Of course, this has resulted in utter panic from people who are convinced that it means rapists in the bathroom. Because that is what trans equality always means. Duh. Of particular beauty in this attempt at instilling panic in the general public is referring to trans* high schoolers as “men”, while the AFAB high schoolers are “14 year olds”. Apparently being trans also magically ages you.
The statue in question isn’t even about bathrooms or locker rooms but rather about which teams students can play on, which makes the focus on locker rooms, nudity, and genitalia part of the larger trend to reduce all trans* people to sex and sexuality. One would think it would be inappropriate to focus on the intimate body parts of children and teens in high school, but I guess if someone doesn’t fit the gender binary then all bets are off.
If you find this inappropriate, please sign the petition asking the Strib for an apology.