Under the cover of night this Tuesday, the Klan dropped anti-transgender leaflets in the yards of Lithia Springs residents.
The leaflets referred to transgender people as “freaks” and cinched on the bathroom panic propaganda that opponents of transgender equality are pushing in states from North Carolina to Washington.
The notorious white supremacist group has a history of capitalizing on uncertainty and fear for growing its ranks and advancing its cultural agenda. Reporter Denise Dillon speculates that this is its latest recruitment tactic:
— denisedillon (@DillonFox5) June 8, 2016
Meanwhile, Lithia Springs residents are shaken. “This organization continues to spew hate and racism. They’re going after the transgender group now. This should not be tolerated in 2016 in any community anywhere in America in any subdivision,” said one community member, Tenisha Bell.
Transgender rights have taken center stage in recent weeks, following three consecutive announcements from the federal government designed to confront and begin to chip away at discrimination against transgender people.
One issue that’s taken firm root in Georgia is the issue of restroom access for transgender students. The Department of Education (ED) recently issued a notice to public schools saying Title IX guidelines include allowing transgender students to use the restroom that aligns with the gender identity they live every day.
In response, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens have joined 9 states in suing the ED, citing federal overreach.
The suit has no teeth, though. The federal guidelines are not legally binding—they’re simply guidelines, which are supported by case law. The ACLU calls the case a political stunt. And Freedom for All Americans released a statement saying:
At this stage, transgender issues are only beginning to become mainstream. The heated emotions on both sides of the debate reflect a collective uncertainty of what it means to be transgender and the struggles that transgender people face on a daily basis.
As Georgians continue to wrestle with these questions, we’ve created a resource to help separate fact from fiction in the debate on transgender rights. Read here.
On thing is certain, with the KKK latching onto the issue, the urgency around the need for gay and transgender inclusive non-discrimination protections has been upped.SHARE THIS STORY