Fox News has spent the past year warning viewers about the non-existent “dangers” of transgender student-athletes. The channel has spent more time on the topic in just the first months of this year than it did in the past two years combined. With 126 segments on the topic since 2019, the channel was only able to reference nine athletes from around the nation – and more than a third of those segments were about two former high school students who haven’t competed in years. None of the athletes dominated their sport. Additionally The channel has aired 72 discussions about trans-student athletes since January 1. Not a single story framed transgender people in a positive light. Anchors, hosts, and guests also referenced the topic another 58 times according to the watchdog group Media Matters. They added Tucker Carlson Tonight aired the most discussions at 27. Fox News @ Night aired 23. Fox & Friends, including its weekend editions, aired 22 discussions while Fox & Friends First aired an additional seven. The Ingraham Angle aired 15.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis is about to sign a bill that until recently mandated “genital exams” for trans and cisgender student athletes. DeSantis confirmed to Fox News host Laura Ingraham he plans to sign legislation preventing transgender girls from playing on school sports teams in accordance with their gender identity. “Oh, yeah,” the first-term governor said when asked by a member of the crowd if he would approve the bill. Of the more than two dozen states to weigh proposals to limit participation of trans students in athletics this year, Florida’s legislation has been among the most controversial. An earlier version of the bill DeSantis plans to sign would have required student athletes to undergo exams to determine their “biological sex” in cases — including genetic testing — where their gender is disputed. The bill was thought to be dead after shelved by a Senate committee last week for lack of time. But it was resurrected late last week as an amendment to an entirely unrelated piece of legislation. Democrats critized the move as a late night back room deal but It passed anyway 79 to 37 in the State House and 23 to 16 in the Senate, both of which are controlled by Republicans.
Reality television star Caitlyn Jenner was asked Saturday by a reporter from celebrity news tabloid TMZ about her position on the multiple pieces of anti-trans youth sports legislation across the U.S. Jenner responded that she saw it as a question of fairness saying that she opposed biological boys who are Trans- competing in girls’ sports in school. When the reporter attempted to ask a follow-up question to Jenner as to whether or not that would delegitimize Trans people who have already transitioned, she deflected and got in her vehicle not answering. She announced last week that she is running for governor of California. Jenner, 71, a trans woman and longtime outspoken member of the Republican Party, would face incumbent Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a likely recall election against Newsom later this year.
Trans America and LGBTQ America is celebrating last nights speech from President Joe Biden. In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Joe Biden ranged over a wide variety of issues but took time to call for passage of the Equality Act and give a shout-out to transgender Americans. After promoting his proposed American Jobs Plan, American Families Plan, police reform, and other measures, he said, “I also hope Congress can get to my desk the Equality Act to protect the rights of LGBTQ Americans.” But unique in the history of the United States, he went one step farther.
When Chris Crocker uploaded one of the first videos to go viral on YouTube, they reaped more internet fame, and infamy, than monetary benefit. Back in 2007, then 19-year-old Crocker shared an impassioned plea for the media and other general naysayers to “leave Britney alone.” Now, the 33-year-old social media personality is finally seeing some profit from their iconic piece of pop culture history. Crocker made more than $41,000 for the nonfungible token, or NFT, of the “Leave Britney Alone” video at auction this week. Crocker had been inspired to speak out during the flurry of attention that accompanied The New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears, released earlier this year and streaming on Hulu. Crocker said they plan to use profits from the NFT sale for their transition. We wish to remind you of Crocker’s viral video
There is celebration today as a growing national effort from conservative state lawmakers to ban transgender athletes from girls’ and women’s sports looks to be dead in Florida. Although the Florida House voted to pass House Bill 1475 — their version of the controversial measure — last week, Senate lawmakers could not agree on a way to advance the bill. The last day of Florida’s 60-day legislative session is April 30. Last night the Senate sponsor, Senator Kelli Stargel said “I don’t know that we will have sufficient time to revisit SB 2012 this session.” The Senate version of the bill, SB 2012, was set to be heard in a committee Tuesday, the last scheduled day of Senate committee meetings. But the measure’s hearing was temporarily postponed, meaning it will likely never make it to the Senate floor for a vote. Florida’s bill received national attention because it would permit humiliating genital examinations to help prove gender identity for students to participate in High School and College sports. Democratic opponents of the bill were downright jubilant last night. Senator Janet Cruz of Tampa said “Ding dong the witch is dead. Rip Transgender bill!” This full assault on LGBTQ civil rights started with the former Trump administration. Trump forced the Department of Defense and Department of Justice to implement discriminatory Trans bans. Conservative republicans since the election have followed with anti-LGBTQ laws introduced in state houses in more than 12, mostly southern states. The NCAA and dozens of businesses, organizations and others have threatened boycotts if states restrict LGBTQ and especially trans rights in high school and collegiate sports. Today, Governors in Louisiana and Kansas have now said they will likely veto any bills that try to restrict LGBTQ or trans rights. Louisiana’s Governor sighted the bills as an intrusion into personal rights while the Kansas Governor sighted concerns over jobs lost because of business and political boycotts. LGBTQ advocates including HRC, Equality Florida, The National LGBTQ Task Force, SAVE and many Florida Trans Rights organizations like Ariana’s Center and Trans Social all issued statements of support of the failure of Florida’s anti-LGBTQ Trans bills. At Queer News Tonight we monitor Trans rights issues closely and we encourage you to continue to watch this space.
Legislation requiring transgender female student-athletes to play sports on all-boys teams passed yesterday in the Florida House of Representatives. But the bill’s future in that state’s Senate remains shaky. Florida representatives passed the bill, House Bill 1475, even after the National Collegiate Athletic Association made clear it could pull national championship sporting events from states that bar athletes from competing based on their gender identity. In the case of Florida, that could mean the loss of 50 events with a $75 million economic impact. The bill, which affects sports in public schools and state colleges and universities, passed on a near-party line vote, even as LGBTQ+ Florida lawmakers pleaded and openly wept at what they called an attack on children. Trans-exclusionary sports bills have been signed into law this year in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee, and executive orders to that effect have been issued in South Dakota. West Virginia will likely be the next state with such a law. The bills are part of a rash of anti-trans legislation introduced in states around the nation in 2021. All Democrats voted against the bill except one yes. Dr. James Bush who represents Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.
As dozens of GOP-led states target transgender people with proposals limiting health care and youth sports participation, Fox News host Tucker Carlson added more transphobic talk to the national conversation this week. (WATCH THIS). Guest Wilfred Reilly, a Kentucky State University political science professor and author of “Hate Crime Hoax: How The Left Is Selling a Fake Race War,” claimed there’s an increase in people identifying as transgender on Fox Nation’s “Tucker Carlson Today.” Reilly said more women are now changing gender and “These questions are very tough to discuss, but they’re serious questions. I mean, is society self-sustaining to some extent if 30% of men simply aren’t willing or able to sleep with women, if another 2 or 3% of in particular young women want to modify their bodies so they cannot in many or most cases have children ― I mean that’s something that’s an issue almost at the structural level. And you might ask why? Why is that going on? It’s something that at the very least needs research.” Carlson shockingly responded it’s a challenge to the perpetuation of the species. After Carlson said yes Carlson said “That’s right, and so it’s hard to think of anything more profound than that.” Fox News, which broadcasts Carlson’s prime-time show, has filled its airwaves with programs in which hosts and guests have obsessed about LGBTQ rights since President Joe Biden took office promoting equality.
Just 24 hours ago we reported live on Queer News Tonight we reported Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed the first and worst anti trans bill in history. Unfortunately we report that since that report the Arkansas General Assembly voted to override his veto and implement the proposal into law. Holly Dickson of the ACLU said “Today Arkansas legislators disregarded widespread, overwhelming, and bipartisan opposition to this bill and continued their discriminatory crusade against trans youth. As Governor Hutchinson noted in his veto message, denying care to trans youth can lead to harmful and life-threatening consequences.” The so-called “Arkansas Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act,” will ban gender-affirming care of any kind from being given or even offered for consideration to trans youth. That includes surgery (which trans youth rarely undergo before the age of 18), hormone therapy, and reversible puberty blockers. Organizations or facilities providing gender-affirming care can lose state funding, state-operated health insurance can no longer cover such care, and doctors that continue to provide such care will risk losing their license by doing so.