The GOP platform of Sen. Rick Scott rejects the existence of transgender individuals.
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., laid out a conservative blueprint for a GOP takeover of Congress this week, and a number of measures in his “11-Point Plan to Rescue America” would limit the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals.
The book includes Republican policy objectives on everything from the economy to abortion, but it was a section labelled “Gender, Life, and Science” that alarmed LGBTQ groups the most.
“Men and women are naturally different,” he said.The planet is round, the sun is hot, there are two genders, and abortion ends a beating heart, to name a few facts. Saying the contrary is denying science. “
Scott, who served as Florida’s governor from 2011 to 2019, advocated for a nationwide ban on government forms that “include inquiries about ‘gender identity’ or’sexual preference,'” gender-affirming treatments on children, and transgender women and girls playing on female sports teams in this area.
The policy proposal declares, “We will defend women’s sports by excluding biological males from competing.” “It’s completely unjust, and it would undo a lot of the progress that women have made in athletics over the previous 50 years.”
Scott’s ideas mimic a nationwide drive by state legislators to pass anti-LGBTQ legislation.
According to Freedom for All Americans, conservative state politicians have submitted more than 170 anti-LGBTQ bills so far this year, exceeding the 139 they filed last year. The bulk of the measures aim to restrict transgender kids’ access to gender-affirming health treatment and sports participation.
Scott’s plan’s seventh objective, simply titled “Family,” chastised the “radical left” for attempting to “devalue and redefine the traditional family,” adopting rhetoric familiar to anti-same-sex marriage advocates.
Scott’s plans have been blasted by LGBTQ activists.
Scott’s manifesto, said to Brandon Wolf, communications secretary for the advocacy organisation Equality Florida, was an “affirmation of what we’ve been trying to warn individuals about.”
“What’s going on in Florida isn’t unique,” Wolf told NBC News. “It’s a test market for the radical right’s national plan of legislating the country back to 1960, entangling us in cultural wars, and obliterating the progress we’ve made.”
Scott, a first-term senator and head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, isn’t the only Republican who has hinted at how anti-LGBTQ legislation would be pursued if the GOP retakes control in Washington.
Former President Donald Trump claimed last month that if re-elected, he would prohibit transgender women from participating in women’s sports across the country.
During a rally in Conroe, Texas, Trump remarked, “We will stop guys from participating in women’s sports.” It’s absurd.
Aside from LGBTQ rights, Scott’s manifesto called on Republicans to “end racial politics in America,” complete the southern border wall and name it after Trump, and combat “the new religion of wokeness.”