On Wednesday, the Democratic chairman of the House Oversight and Reforms Committee blamed Republicans across the country for the rise in violence against LGBT people.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chaired a hearing on “The Rise of Anti-LGBTQI+ Extremism and Violence,” where she said Republicans had “fanned the flames of bigotry.” Maloney, who lost his primary earlier this year, said statewide efforts by Republicans to ban transgender treatment for minors and gender identity classes in public elementary schools have led to violence against LGBT people.
“These actions are the culmination of years of anti-LGBT extremism that began in statehouses across the country and spread to social media platforms before spilling over into the communities where we live,” Maloney said.
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Maloney specifically criticized Florida’s legislation passed this year and signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. The Parental Education Rights Act banned gender identity classes in kindergarten through third grade, but Democrats called it the “Don’t Say Gay” law, and Maloney said the law was “LGBTQI destroys the existence of people and corrupts the brightest representatives of our nation. teachers”.
“This hateful legislation has fueled a dangerous rise in extreme anti-LGBT rhetoric since Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay or Trans’ law,” Maloney said.
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Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., said Democrats should work with Republicans to address the growing violence against all Americans, rather than blaming Republicans.
“This is not a surveillance hearing,” Comer said. “It’s ‘Blame the Republicans so we don’t have to pay our own police and take responsibility for our anti-crime policies.'”
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The hearing comes less than a month after a shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs left five dead and 25 injured. A non-binary shooter was arrested in 2021 after making a bomb threat to his mother, but no formal charges have been filed.