CA legislator, advocate explains how politicians’ anti-LGBTQ rhetoric has life-or-death implications

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Georgia far-right Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene called out California Senator Scott Wiener in a tweet sent out Tuesday.

In the tweet, Greene called Wiener a “communist trimmer.”

Wiener responded to the attack, speaking to ABC7 News by phone.

“Usually I get more death threats when she comes after me. So it’s pretty bad and she’s a pretty horrible human being,” Wiener said.

The word groomer has both homophobic and transphobic undertones and has been used for decades as an insult to LGBTQ people.

In recent times, however, it has regained popularity among proponents of far-right conspiracy theories, such as QAnon.

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“Groomer used to have a specific meaning, but it doesn’t have that meaning anymore because now it’s mainly used to attack LGBTQ people and basically say we’re pedophiles,” Wiener said.

Also in her tweet, Greene called for the Protect Children’s Innocence Act to be passed.

The bill, which she introduced to Congress in August, would make it a felony to provide gender-affirming care to a minor.

“Unfortunately, we know very clearly that this kind of rhetoric from people like Marjorie Taylor Greene has a really devastating impact on the mental health of LGBTQ people, but especially trans children,” said Samuel Garrett of Equality California.

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He says rhetoric like Greene’s could have real-life and devastating consequences for trans youth — a group already suffering disproportionate rates of violence and suicide.

“What we saw this weekend is that statements like this from her and her colleague Lauren Boebert in Colorado, combined with lax gun laws, can lead to violent attacks against the LGBTQ community,” Garrett said.

New polls from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation show that 72% of transgender respondents and 48% of LGBTQ people in general say the current political climate makes them fear for their personal safety.

All the more reason, says Wiener, he encourages people to rise up against hate in any way they can.

“Supporting good candidates here in California, across the country, and making sure the right people are elected to the position is what it comes down to,” Wiener said.

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