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My Perspective: Republicans Are Waging a Culture War Against LGBTQ - Albert Lea Tribune

My Perspective: Republicans Are Waging a Culture War Against LGBTQ

Published at 8:45 pm on Tuesday, September 13, 2022

My Perspective by Jennifer Vogt-Erickson

I was raised with the Christian values ​​of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable (the powerful).

Jennifer Vogt-Erickson

Current state legislator Peggy Bennett has repeatedly opposed the rights of LGBTQ people. She advocates for “conversion therapy” for minors, which studies have shown to be harmful to young people, challenges gay marriage, and addresses specific sexual health concerns for LGBTQ students. Opposes comprehensive sex education including educational needs.

Last summer, Peggy Bennett helped organize a campaign against hot area drag queens at Albert Lee’s Wind Down Wednesday. Angie Hoffman did it publicly, and Bennett distributed a call to action against drag queens. Not everyone agrees that it is appropriate.

This was a fear-mongering characterization. For those unfamiliar with this drag-he-queen act, think of Tony He Curtis in Some Like It Hot. many bigger hair.

It caused an uproar on social media, with many defending the drag queen and the drag queen herself helping to educate people about her deeds. When the dust cleared, the performers took to the stage, donning giant wigs, and performed calmly and joyfully. She certainly risked turning her kids into fans of Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton, if anyone wanted to take issue with it.

We can be an inclusive community. We can match the inside and the outside of our children. Our society will not collapse if we do not conform to stereotypes and gender norms. LGBTQ people exist and have a right to exist in public.

The fear of remaining LGBTQ people, especially in small communities like ours, is devastating and isolates children (and adults) who do not conform to gender binary and heteronormative norms. LGBTQ Youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers. Transgender people are four times more likely to be victims of violent crime than people whose gender identity matches their gender at birth.

Acceptance saves lives and allows children to feel like they belong in their own family and hometown. It doesn’t destroy society. Bennett has actively interfered with LGBTQ people’s right to be themselves and spread misinformation about them. and tormented adults.

When we know that our old ways are harmful, we can change them.Change do It threatens certain power dynamics, especially with respect to some religious hierarchies, which can make progress slow and an uphill battle.

Our society has won LGBTQ rights, but the results are uncertain. Many conservatives, including Supreme Court Justice Thomas, have expressed a desire to overturn the Obergefell ruling that legalized gay marriage across the country in 2015.

Who does Bennett comfort? She comforts the highest earners who are the biggest beneficiaries of the tax cuts she supports. Worst of these is the inheritance tax she wants to abolish, which less than the top 2% of Minnesota real estate pays.

Bennett is actively working to accelerate the accumulation of wealth among our state’s richest people.

Republicans will never convince me that corporate CEOs work hard to make ends meet as full-time servers, care home aides, or construction workers. Critically important, because it expands educational opportunities and good public services for all. It makes society function better.

Republicans often argue that giving LGBTQ people (and women!) equal rights erodes families and societies. This is a bull feather. LGBTQ people only make convenient targets. Do you know what actually destabilizes societies and undermines families? Greater equality and underfunding of public services and infrastructure.

Bennett is waging a diversionary culture war against LGBTQ people for the economic benefit of the very wealthy who would benefit most from the tax cuts she supports.

Our children, including LGBTQ children, deserve much more. Her four terms of Peggy Bennett’s outdated, out-of-touch leadership is enough. Vote for her Mary Hinnenkamp to represent us in the new House District 23A. Hinenkamp supports a fair tax system that underpins every child, strong public education, and robust public services and infrastructure.

Finally, in Jill Mullin’s Aug. 27 letter defending Jean Doninck and Peggy Bennett, she did not disclose that Bennett was an elder at Mullins Church. This relationship is an important context that not all readers are aware of.

Jennifer Vogt-Erickson is a member of the Freeborn County DFL Party.