We have 10 days left until the month of pride. The fact that this is happening this year during an election cycle that has been heavily influenced by cultural wars that put gays and especially transgender issues first and foremost has inexplicably brought back to politics some rather old ideas about LGBT issues.
The Republican Party of Texas over the weekend vote to approve the language in their 2022 platform declaring that “homosexuality is an unusual way of life” and opposing “special legal rights or the creation of a special status for homosexual behavior”. It further states that they “oppose all efforts to validate transgender identity” and calls for a legal ban on medical treatments such as pubertal blockers, hormones and surgery for any trans person under the age of 21.
There are many things in the whole platform (and not all is bad). The addition of this LGBT component is remarkable for how strange it is to go back, much of it reminiscent of how conservatives talked about gay marriage in the 1990s.
State political platforms are also somewhat easy targets for escalating tensions in the cultural war. They are mainly related to party primary elections in the states and may show the mood of influential party participants, but not the actual wishes of party voters. Not only does the vast majority of Americans support the legal recognition of same-sex marriage, but by 2021 majority Republicans (55 percent) also support it. The Gallup poll shows support for gay and trans rights are steadily improving in the last two decades.
However, we have seen many examples this month that those “awakened from the left” are not the only ones familiar with the signaling of virtue. Drag brunch won’t be America’s downfall, but saying it is certainly a way to get media attention and play a certain group of conservative voters. freedom and liberty to be cursed. There are many complex reasons (and really bad government policy) behind our crisis with inflation and the supply chain, ours current household problems. RuPaul is not one of those reasons.
Last week, President Joe Biden signed a lengthy enforcement order this shows his readiness to jump into this cultural war on behalf of the Democratic Party. On June 15, he signed an “Executive Order to Promote Equality for Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersexuals,” forcing the Minister of Health and Human Services to seek ways to intervene against “harmful state and local laws.” which target and restrict LGBT citizens’ access to medical care and treatment.
This is obviously a response from states that are passing laws that are trying to do so prohibits or criminalizes medical treatment for trans teenagers and children. Similarly, the executive order calls on the Minister of Education to try to intervene against everyone state laws they consider “harmful” for LGBT students and “develop and launch exemplary policies to support the well-being and academic success of LGBTQ + students in schools and educational institutions.”
By the way, Biden was the first president to use the term “queer” in his executive orders, but he is not defined in the order. The term is not usually used in anti-discrimination laws precisely because it has become this vague general term to the extent that heterosexual people claim to be “weird.” Its inclusion in the contract is its own performative moment for the administration.
To the extent that new state laws fueled by cultural warfare may violate the rights of LGBT citizens and conflict with federal law or Supreme Court decisions, the enforcement order is justified, though probably unnecessary. Xavier Besera, the current Minister of Health and Human Services, does not need any encouragement to file lawsuits. He is known for that.
But that’s not all the executive order does. He called on the feds to engage in the political struggle for conversion therapy (the controversial theory debunked by medical experts that homosexuality and trans-identity can be “cured”) and asked the Federal Trade Commission to determine whether the practice was fraudulent and required warnings. consumers. .
Paragraph after paragraph calls for more federal research and working groups on LGBT health issues and whether LGBT people are more likely to cope with homelessness, have problems accessing social services, determine whether older LGBT people have problems with long-term care, etc. moreover, a large part of the executive order is a wish list, which confirms an LGBT-friendly and expansive bureaucratic state.
So the politics of cultural warfare that is involved here is a guerrilla battle over what will be banned and what will be imposed, and being alone is simply not an option on the table. Drag queens and transatlets must be presented as a huge cultural threat on the one hand, while LGBT people (and “weird” people, whoever they are, if not LGBT people) in general must be collectively classified as unhappy children, for to justify a set of unnecessary state interventions by the other.