"Republican legislators are pushing a new law that would require trans people to be identified as such on their birth certificates.
"Never forget that the first group Hitler went after — literally weeks after he took power — were trans people. When fascists want a minority group to beat up on for political gain, this is the smallest minority out there, smaller than any racial or religious group, and thus the most defenseless. These Republicans are bullies and thugs." - Thom Hartmann
What's similar between the MAGA Republican proposal and how the Nazis persecuted the LGBTQ? What symbols did the NAZIs use to identify and stigmatize the groups they wanted to persecute? Who was Pastor Niemoller? What was the Pastor's advice about standing up to protect the vulnerable? Which groups are pushing this LGBTQ Identification scheme? Follow along with this audio clip and infographic.
First they came for the Transgender and I did not speak out, because I was not Transgender.
Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew
Then they came for the Muslims and I did not speak out, because I was not a Muslim
Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me
- Pastor Niemoller poem (adapted)
"Nazis stereotyped Jews as rich, and devious, Attacking this vulnerable, long-persecuted, as repulsive and dangerous was the German far right’s way to activate loathing while evading the fact that they had no solutions for Germany’s real problems... Ron DeSantis and other GOP leaders are following the Nazi playbook, substituting transgender youth for the Jews. They industriously promote hatred, fear, and physical revulsion of this small group and pretend it’s out of concern for children.
It’s no coincidence that open antisemites actively harass LGBTQ events, nor that right-wing anti-LGBTQ rhetoric invokes anti-semitic tropes. In Nazi Germany, transgender people were viciously targeted alongside Jews. And although today’s GOP denies that it welcomes Jew-haters, they are comfortable working with anti-semites jointly attacking trans and LGBTQ people." - The Goodmen Project
Right-wing attacks against trans
"Right-wing attacks against trans people in the U.S. are intensifying. Though the American Academy of Pediatrics and every major medical association approves gender-affirming health care for trans kids, Republican politicians have banned it in 19 states, with even more moving to prohibit it.
Gender-affirming medicine is now over 100 years old – and it has roots in Weimar Germany. It had never before been legally restricted in the U.S. Yet Missouri has essentially banned it for adults, and other states are trying to restrict adult care. A host of other anti-trans bills are moving through state legislatures. It’s a reminder that attacks on trans people are nothing new – and that many of them are straight out of the Nazi playbook." - The Conversation
Iowa Bill targets the LGBTQ
Republicans are redefining the word ‘equal’ in an Iowa anti-trans bill. The bill would require transgender people to be identified on birth certificates, a measure some compare to ‘pink triangles’... The Iowa house education committee met to debate House Study Bill 649, a bill proposed by the Republican governor, Kim Reynolds." - The Guardian
"Sec.4 Section144.24, subsections 1 and 2
Code2024, are amended to read as follows: If a newcertificate of birth is established, the actual place and date of birth shall be shown on the certificate and the certificate shall include a designation of the person’s sex pursuant to section 144.23. The certificate shall be substituted for the original certificate of birth."
TakeAway: Understand the Nazi playbook that MAGA Republicans are copying. “Those Who Do Not Learn History Are Doomed To Repeat It.”
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