CPAC features anti-trans extremism in annual gathering

Far right speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) spent a lot of time mocking, attacking, and lying about transgender and non-binary persons. CPAC is a gathering of rightwing extremists and Republicans. This year's turnout was much lower than previous years.

Some of the hateful commentary: Political commentator Michael Knowles stated that "transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely" Mike Pence claimed that a school in Iowa (no name given, of course) can give a student a gender transition plan without notifying the parents. Marjorie Taylor Greene announced she's planning putting forward a bill called the Protect Children's Innocence Act that criminalizes "anything to do with gender-affirming care" for minors. Former President Trump bragged that "We banned transgender insanity from our military' Former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka claimed children were being "mutilated" and sacrificed "on the altar of their transgender insanity."

CPAC was founded in 1974 as a gathering of conservative political activists. In recent years it has trended more towards rightwing extremism and MAGA.


In January, a male Republican strategist sued CPAC organizer Matt Schlapp for sexual battery in a groping incident that took place last fall.

Info from Human Rights Campaign, Anti-Defamation League, ACLU

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