Chasten Buttigieg accused Republicans and conservatives of opposing trans ideology driven by “clout, clicks and cash” in an interview Friday conducted as he toured the country promoting his new book.
Buttigieg, husband of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, spoke on Fox 11’s “The Issue Is” and cited statistics he said show that 40% of homeless children are LGBTQ and that half of all trans-identifying children attempt suicide.
“If all the data is missing‘You are not afraid as an elected official to do the right thing, to be on the right side of history, and instead you have the courage to work and continue to attack vulnerable people, that is shameful,” he said. .
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In recent years, trans ideology has become a hot political issue, as Democrats increasingly embrace the claim that those who identify as different from their biological sex deserve equal treatment. -access to opposite sexes – including single-sex areas and sports teams.
Buttigieg appeared to downplay the idea of real disagreement on the matter, accusing Republicans and conservatives of being driven by the “three Cs”
“Clout clicks and cash,” he said. “It’s very easy to go on social media or the floor of the House and say something funny, audition on TV night, go there, say something funny, send an email, raising money from it, it certainly brings people. higher positions of power in the Republican Party,” he said.
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Buttigieg, promoting his book “I Have Something to Tell You: For Young Adults” at a nationwide toursays conservatives “raise a lot of money from hate and division, and it’s a lot of clickbait for them, driving people to podcasts, driving people to websites, but it’s far from what what people need to focus on right now.”
“We are talking about children, vulnerable children, so I hope to empower them to slow down and invite people to the table, learn from families, learn from teachers, learn from to professionals in the field what it’s like not only to be an LGBTQ person and especially a trans person in this country,” he said.
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Trans ideology has sparked further controversy as advocates for trans-identifying minors have called for the option of being drugged to “block” puberty, before possible surgery to remove body parts. or change it to try to look similar. to the opposite sex. Advocates have described the surgeries and drug regimens as “gender-affirming care” needed to help the mental health of trans-identifying minors, but Republicans in several states have moved to limit the practice, arguing that minors cannot consent to the procedures – which they have. described as mutilation and, in the case of puberty blockers, chemical castration.