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Days After a School Board Candidate Called for the Lynching of Trans Kids’ Doctors, Florida Plans Attack on Trans Teens and Adults

Another day, another horrible tale from the crypt that is Florida in the year 2022.

Fresh on the heels of School Board Candidate Alisabeth Janai Lancaster telling a Santa Rosa County audience that trans kids and the doctors who support them should be hung “from the nearest tree” comes a startling attempt by Fort Lauderdale board to forcibly detransition trans kids and take trans adults off Medicaid. 

Lawyer and advocate Alejandra Caraballo points out that these are the warning signs of genocide: not just hate speech and targeted violence, but the applause surrounding such decisions:

Here’s the TL;DR: on Monday, Lancaster made a speech in Pensacola in which she announced: “these doctors that are going along with mutilating these children and prescribing hormone blockers to these kids, in my opinion, they should be hanging from the nearest tree.” In the same speech, she advocated for reinstating school prayer in lieu of the traditional “moment of silence” in schools, so we know exactly which team she’s playing for, in case it wasn’t clear. All across Florida this year, targeted attacks on trans youth have sprung up around school sports, education, and medicine, with supportive parents of trans kids, as well as their doctors, coming under fire.

Now, Fort Lauderdale has called a full board meeting for August 5th to determine whether or not even stricter anti-trans measures should be put in place regarding teens and adults. Buried at the very bottom of the agenda is an interim report that proposes to have reviewed the efficacy of gender-affirming care for children. The evidence used, of course, is completely cherry-picked and cautionary.

The report uses graphs showing the rising incidences of kids pursuing gender-affirming care in recent years without explaining that this type of care was barely offered in the recent past. The report cites a “lack of clarity” around the benefits of HRT, rather than, oh, I don’t know, talking to any trans person who has been able to walk back from a ledge after starting treatment. Screw that, let’s compare bone density instead! In short, it’s a lot of nonsense, but that’s not the surprising part. In fact, no aspect of this is surprising.

As Caraballo stated: “if you want to know how genocides start, this is it.”

 

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