House Oversight Committee to Hold Hearing on Rising Anti-LGBTQ Violence

A House committee this week in a the first of its kind audience will hear testimony from LGBTQ people and policy experts to examine how an increase in anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and policies has fueled the rise in violence against the community.

“Make no mistake, the rise of anti-LGBTQI+ extremism and the despicable policies that Republicans at all levels of government are promoting to attack the health and safety of LGBTQI+ people are hurting the LGBTQI+ community and contributing to tragedies like the that we saw at Club Q.,” House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.) said Monday. in a sentence announcing Wednesday’s hearing.

The panel will hear first-hand testimony from people affected by anti-LGBTQ attacks, including survivors of last month’s Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs that killed five people and a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2016 in Miami, the deadliest attack against LGBTQ. people in the history of the United States.

A tidal wave of legislation targeting LGBTQ rights crashed through state legislatures this year, with Republican lawmakers in more than two dozen states introducing more than 340 bills seeking to restrict access to gender-affirming care for young people. transgender, ban transgender athletes from sports, and limit how LGBTQ issues and identities can be discussed in schools.

A handful of federal lawmakers this year also introduced legislation that would roll back LGBTQ rights.

In August, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) raised a measure that would make providing gender-affirming health care to minors a crime punishable by up to 25 years in prison. In October, Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) Announced was sponsoring legislation to prohibit federal dollars from being used to make “sexually oriented” materials, including “any topic” related to sexual orientation or gender identity, available to children under the age of 10.

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At the same time, anti-LGBTQ rhetoric has proliferated online. A august report of the Center to Counter Digital Hate and Human Rights Campaign found that inflammatory language targeting LGBTQ people flourished during the first six months of 2022 on major social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, culminating in online violence. real life.

Twitter’s hateful conduct policies were later relaxed after the platform was acquired by billionaire Elon Musk, who in the past used his account to mislead other users and post content accused of being transphobic.

musk sunday tweeted that their pronouns are “Prosecute/Fauci”, referring to top White House adviser Anthony Fauci, drawing kickback of LGBTQ people and allies who said the tweet mocked and promoted hatred against the community.

Violence against LGBTQ people, particularly transgender people, has increased substantially in recent years. Hate crimes motivated by bias against sexual orientation and gender identity have skyrocketed by more than 40 percent since 2015, according to federal crime statistics.

The past two years have been the deadliest on record for transgender and gender nonconforming people in the US, according to the human rights campaign.

Maloney said Monday that Republicans on the House Oversight Committee and across the country will be forced to face “the real-life impact of his dangerous agenda.”

“I hope LGBTQI+ people across the country see Democrats in Congress fighting for them and will continue to push for policies that protect and expand their ability to live authentically and safely,” she said.

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