Lauren Boebert – the Colorado congresswoman who has famously praised Qanon conspiracy theories, claims Donald Trump won the 2020 election, and is in favor of making guns easier to access – has now taken to Twitter to say that she believes LGBTQ people should be at least 21 before they can come out.
Her tweet states, “We require people to be 21 to purchase alcohol beverages, and 21 to purchase tobacco products. Why is it so unreasonable to require people to reach a certain level of maturity before making life-altering decisions about their sexuality and identity?”
Naturally, your sexuality and gender aren’t a choice, so her claim is already unfounded. It’s also interesting the way all these heterosexual Republican politicians seem to think they know so much about being LGBTQ and assume they have the right and ability to dictate how LGBTQ people live.
Sadly, bigotry has become the backbone of the Republican Party, and the LGBTQ community has become the party’s #1 target. Boebert doesn’t need to say anything factual or accurate. In order to gain fame and popularity amongst Republicans, all she needs to do is pander to their hate.
Ten years ago, it would have been almost unthinkable to see politicians act like this publically. But now, Republicans like Lauren Boebert, Madison Cawthorn, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Ted Cruz blatantly make false, racist, and homophobic remarks publically and are praised for doing so. Unfortunately, bigotry is currently fueling the political careers of numerous Republicans.
This is why voting is more critical now than ever. Many of these radical politicians are members of the House, whose elections don’t get the press that bigger elections do. But as we’ve seen, presidential elections aren’t the only important ones. House members, senators, governors, and even mayors end up playing important roles in our nation’s politics and their voice has an impact on the safety and security of Americans, especially members of hard-hit minority communities.
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