Realizing that its lost the marriage equality battle, the National Organization for Marriage keeps looking for new revenue streams. The latest has been fundraising around an effort to overturn a California law protecting transgender students. Unsurprisingly, NOM president Brian Brown can be just as offensive when dealing with transgender issues as he is with marriage equality, celebrating the “bathroom backlash” against the law.
In his fundraising pitch, Brown demonstrates his invincible ignorance, completely rejecting the idea that transgender people exist. In his words, “Nakedness trumps sincerity. I do not want a naked boy in front of a young girl in the shower or bathroom even if he sincerely identifies as a girl.”
And of course, Brown insists that the bigots are the real victims here. “How can we claim that this will decrease bullying, when forcing boys and girls to share bathrooms IS bullying?”
Meanwhile, as if you needed a reminder about the real victims here, a transgender Colorado teen targeted by a religious right group for using the girls’ bathroom, has been placed on suicide watch. Pacific Justice Institute wrote to the school complaining that the student, Jane Doe, is harassing other girls at her school by using the same bathroom. Jane’s family has decided she needed immediate professional attention.
So you decide: who’s the bully? The kid who has had a legal group come after her to make a point (and raise money) or the legal group that denies her existence.