LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Fear is a powerful force and if abused, one finds itself on Southern Poverty Law Center’s hate group watch list. But that didn’t stop a religious extremist group, Liberty Counsel, from scaring the wits out of a Wisconsin school district.
After planning what ThinkProgress described as reading assignment to promote understanding of and compassion for transgender experiences, Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit against the school, Mount Horeb Primary Center, to prevent the school from using the book “I Am Jazz” written by trans kid Jazz Jennings. The school then turned around and cancelled the assignment.
While I’m not a lawyer, the strength of Liberty Counsel’s case appears weak based on their previous behavior. But certainly strong enough to cause the school administrators to retreat back into the previous century. It is not known at this writing what happens next. For sure, the trans community cannot let this go by without a major response.
Who is Liberty Counsel? The same folks that brought Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis to national attention re: gay marriage. If they’re willing to go to jail for their causes, then they’re willing to use the weapon of fear to the extreme.
Jazz Jennings, of course, is a now 14-year-old brave trans kid who’ve I’ve written about a number of times. In addition to being a stellar role model for trans kids, she wrote the aforementioned book and has a TV series called All That Jazz.
The anti-trans activities by hate groups are of far more importance than movie trailers in the pecking order. To stop legal attempts at stifling trans voices from becoming common place requires an immediate response from the trans community. We must speak out with same fervor we show for transphobic movie trailers to keep these hate groups at bay.
I previously wrote about Liberty Counsel: https://lexiecannes.com/2013/07/21/anti-transgender-family-values-group-continues-rant-against-trans-kids/
The book “I Am Jazz”: https://lexiecannes.com/2014/10/16/trans-role-model-jazz-jennings-racks-up-accolades/
Southern Poverty Law Center: http://www.splcenter.org/
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