June 27, 2023 10:47 am

The GOP’s Anti-LGBTQ and Education Policies Are Linked — and Echo Authoritarian Leaders

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By Nick Vachon

This story is part of a series on the origins and implications of the conservative campaign against transgender rights.

For years, LGBTQ rights seemed to be on the march in the United States, despite opposition from religious conservatives.

But in the last few years, a right-wing countermovement funded in part by powerful dark money interests and supported by conservative groups has taken shape.

Republican politicians have passed legislation banning gender-affirming care for minors, barring teachers from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity in schools, and rolling back transgender rights. Right-wing commentators are fueling the surge of anti-LGBTQ legislation, stoking panic about the supposed dangers of expanding LGTBQ rights.

You can read Nick Vachon’s piece in The American Independent here.