President Joe Biden called efforts to restrict transgender rights in Florida “close to sinful” in an interview released Monday, suggesting federal laws should be passed to protect those rights in all states.
“What’s going on in Florida is, as my mother would say, close to sinful. It’s just terrible what they’re doing,” Biden said during an interview….
The problem for those of us who believe the President is misguided here is that we see his position in a similar light. By allowing biological males to play on girls’ and women’s sports teams, putting men in women’s prisons, etc., he’s advocating for a position that is deletrious to women and women’s rights.
This is to say nothing of what is actually best for those individuals with gender dysphoria. Particularly when it comes to children, the idea that so-called “gender-affirming care” is the best response to this mental illness is simply wrong. (This is also why a growing number of European countries are moving away from “gender-affirming care.”) When a kid is so mentally unwell that he or she believes that pumping their body full or hormones and/or undergoing surgery to remove healthy body parts is a “solution,” that’s a serious problem. When our medical institutions, regressive leftwing organizations and politicians affirm this, well, that’s what many of us see as “close to sinful,” why the sides are so far apart.
I’m not optimistic about bridging this gap anytime soon.