Transgender Conference is Killing our Culture?
February 15th, 2008
I am sickened by the casual way in which the right wing media spew forth hatred of homosexuals. Here is the latest call to action from GLAAD referring to a disturbing exchange on “The O’Reilly Factor:”
Laura Ingraham claims that Transgender Conference is “Killing Our Culture” on FOX News’ The O’Reilly Factor
While guest hosting Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor on Feb. 8, commentator Laura Ingraham debated Medea Benjamin, a spokeswoman for Code Pink who is opposed to military recruitment stations in Berkeley, Calif. Ingraham and Benjamin had the following exchange:
INGRAHAM: Are you—do you think that people have a right then to stop the, let’s say, transgender conference that’s happening next month at Berkeley? What if the push was to stop the transgender conference? Would you support that?
BENJAMIN: I don’t think that has anything to do with it, Laura..
INGRAHAM: Has nothing to do with the culture or a divisive issue?
BENJAMIN: It’s war that the American people are against.
INGRAHAM: Well, wait. You think - oh, no, let me get this straight. You think the majority of Americans would support a transgender conference in their communities? Are you kidding me?
BENJAMIN: A transgender conference. . . ..
INGRAHAM: Oh, come on.
BENJAMIN: . . . .is not killing people. It’s people discussing. We’re talking about a war.
INGRAHAM: And killing the culture, maybe.. That’s all.
Ingraham’s claim that a transgender conference is “killing the culture” reflects the kind of over the top, uninformed statements that are unfortunately still commonplace in various News Corporation media outlets. Such ill-informed rhetoric does nothing to advance any discussion of issues, whether transgender specific or not.
GLAAD encourages you to contact Laura Ingraham and The O’Reilly Factor and ask them to stop making ignorant, mean-spirited attacks on transgender people.
What does the transgender conference have to do with the war? Obviously the host had no idea what to say next, so instead of thinking of a good comeback, she just decided to throw some homophobia into the mix. When the right wing dummies are backed into a corner, all they can think to do is throw anti-gay grenades or bring up Jesus, which is why everyone should hate them. And how does the transgender community endanger culture? How do they kill the culture? What are they doing to kill the culture? How is culture killed? What the fuck does any of that mean?
From the beloved Margaret Cho