A TikTok video of a Democratic politician from Missouri confronting a Republican state legislator during a debate over whether school districts should be allowed to ban trans athletes from youth sports has gone viral.
Ian Mackey, who is gay, said the anti-trans bill would alienate LGBTQ students and remind him of the lack of acceptance he experienced during his teenage years.
Mr. Mackey asked GOP state legislator Chuck Basye, who proposed the bill, why his brother was afraid to come out as gay to his family.
“I would have been afraid to tell you that too,” Mr Mackey said, in comments reported by The Lawyer.
“I would have been afraid to tell you because of stuff like that, because that’s what you focus on.” This is the bill you want to introduce. This is what consumes your time. I was afraid that people like you would grow up.
A TikTok of the heated exchange posted on MSNBC’s account had been viewed 925,000 times in less than 24 hours.
Mr Mackey went on to say that as a child he had known “nice people” like his Republican colleague who actively pursued policies that denied rights to the LGBTQ community.
“Thank God I got out of it… I think every day of the kids who are still here, who haven’t kissed each other, who haven’t escaped this kind of bigotry. Gentlemen, I don’t have more scared of you,” Mr. Mackey said.
“Because you are going to lose. You can win today, but you will lose.
The bill was originally drafted to verify Missouri’s voter count and added anti-trans legislation as an amendment.
Mr Basye said the bill was intended to “save women’s sport”.
“It’s not about hate, it’s about fairness,” he said.
The bill passed 98 to 40 after a lively three-hour debate, the Springfield News Manager reported.
State lawmakers across the United States have already proposed more than 200 anti-LGBTQ laws in 2022, most targeting trans people, according to the advocacy group Freedom for All Americans.
Almost all 50 state legislatures are considering some form of anti-trans legislation.
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