AUSTIN – While Audrey Hale, 28, a transgender woman, was named by Nashville police as the shooter at the private Christian school, protesters opposed anti-trans legislation at the Texas State House.
“It doesn’t excuse anything that happened,” Transgender Education Network of Texas senior field and policy advisor Andrea Segovia remarked (TENT). “I am concerned about how opposition and people who are anti-trans will try to spin this.”
Concerns are raised regarding tweets like the following one from Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene: “How much hormones like testosterone and medications for mental illness was the transgender Nashville school shooter taking? Everyone can stop blaming guns now.”
How much hormones like testosterone and medications for mental illness was the transgender Nashville school shooter taking?
Everyone can stop blaming guns now.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) March 27, 2023
“The comparison of they did it because they’re trans is very unfair to trans people,” Segovia said. “Being trans is not somebody’s whole identity.”
Segovia was one of the hundreds who participated in the campaign against House Bill 1686 on Monday in the Capitol. This legislation would prevent medical professionals from providing youngsters with gender transition healthcare.
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Advocates are concerned that the attacks aren’t ended now that there is another reason for the Texas trans community to be in the news with at least two months left in the legislative session.
“You can’t say that because one person did something, that’s a characteristic or reason to be cruel to trans people,” Segovia said.
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