Air Date: 3–29-2022
Today we take a look at the current iteration of the cynical culture wars being waged by conservative Republicans against LGBTQ kids for political gain. The current wave of anti-trans and anti-gay legislation sprouting across the country is not about protecting kids and is absolutely nothing new.
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This weaponization of white womanhood and femininity has deep roots in this country’s history, and is prompting unprecedented consequences for the trans community. Nikita Shepard joins to discuss the history and what we can do about it.
Texas state leadership is staking a position on that, but humans everywhere are pushing back, and we talk about that with Andy Marra.
Matt and Sam talk to Gillian Branstetter, press secretary for the National Women’s Law Center, about the spate of anti-trans laws sweeping the country: What do these interventions do? Who is pushing them? And why?
We speak with Chase Strangio of the ACLU about recent anti-LGBTQ legislation in Florida, Texas, and Idaho, and pending bills in other states.
The furor over Florida’s latest culture-war legislation has Disney, among the state’s largest employers, turning red.
Journalist Steven Monacelli joins DOOMED with Matt Binder to discuss how he actually debated Steven Crowder earlier in the day on a college campus in Texas. Why was Crowder there? Because trans people are playing sports.
MEMBERS-ONLY BONUS CLIP(S)
Ch. 13: Dynamics of our political parties - Craig from Ohio
Ch. 14: Final comments on the divides within American political parties
Actions & Campaigns:
Contact your Senators to pass the Equality Act via passtheequalityact.com/act
*THIS WEEK* Virtually phone bank for the Equality Act in Alaska and North Carolina (via Human Rights Campaign)
Join Lambda Legal's #DontEraseUs campaign to fight anti-LGBTQ+ curriculum (especially if you’re a student or teacher).
Support Lambda Legal as they fight the legal battles against anti-LGBTQ+ bills
Support ACLU as they fight the legal battles against anti-LGBTQ+ bills
Support Equality Florida, which is fighting on the ground in FL
Support Equality Texas, which is fighting on the ground in TX
EDUCATE YOURSELF & SHARE
Read BOTL’s activism segment on the Equality Act from last March (*2021*) for more context
ACLU, Lambda Legal Back in Court to Halt Trans “Abuse” Investigations (Austin Chronicle)
Lambda Legal Transgender Rights Toolkit (Lambda Legal)
Curated by BOTL Communications Director Amanda Hoffman
MUSIC (Blue Dot Sessions):
- Opening Theme: Loving Acoustic Instrumental by John Douglas Orr
- Voicemail Music: Low Key Lost Feeling Electro by Alex Stinnent
- Activism Music: This Fickle World by Theo Bard (https://theobard.bandcamp.com/track/this-fickle-world)
- Closing Music: Upbeat Laid Back Indie Rock by Alex Stinnent
Description: A white protest sign is held in the air with the words “YOU WILL NOT ERASE OUR KIDS” drawn on it. The word “NOT” is underlined and colored in red. Each letter in the word “KIDS” is colored in with red, blue, yellow, and orange, respectively. A small blue sticker in the top right corner says “I [heart sign] My Trans Child”.
Credit: “2018.10.22 We Won't Be Erased - Rally for Trans Rights, Washington, DC USA 06817” by Ted Eytan, Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0 License | Changes: Cropped, slightly increased brightness, contrast, and saturation
Produced by Jay! Tomlinson
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