The war on trans people intensifies in Big Sky Country
Not too long ago Montana was a state with relatively moderate politics, now it’s dominated by a Republican Party that thoroughly reflects its literally thuggish governor:
Representative Zooey Zephyr took to the floor of the Montana Legislature on Tuesday to make an impassioned plea for her colleagues to reject a bill that would ban transition care for transgender minors, saying that denying such care would be “tantamount to torture.”
“This body should be ashamed,” Ms. Zephyr, a first-term Democrat and the Legislature’s first transgender member, said. “If you vote yes on this bill and yes on these amendments I hope the next time there’s an invocation, when you bow your heads in prayer, you see the blood on your hands.”
The Montana Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative lawmakers, responded by accusing Ms. Zephyr in a letter of “attempting to shame the legislative body” by using “hateful rhetoric.” The letter, which misgendered Ms. Zephyr, called for her to be censured.
This game of one-upmanship where Republican statehouses race to see who can pass the most hateful anti-trans legislation is going to be incredibly ugly.