Human Rights Campaign: Extremists at CPAC Laid Bare Hatred at Root of Vile Legislation Targeting Trans People

Annual Political Gathering Sees Far Right Figures Spouting Desire for 'Eradication' of Transgender People as Demonization of Marginalized Population Increasingly Becomes Central to Their Propaganda Campaigns

WASHINGTON - March 6, 2023 - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) - the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization - denounced the onslaught of transphobic statements threaded throughout the annual CPAC political gathering this past weekend. For several days extremist politicians and commentators peppered hateful statements toward trans people casually through remarks on unrelated topics. The wave of hatred culminated with a speech in which a Daily Wire commentator called for the "eradication" of transgender people.

Attendees at CPAC also identified Donald Trump as their preferred candidate for president in 2024, with Ron DeSantis as their second choice, highlighting how intertwined this unchecked hatred is with their political candidacies and policies.

"It is a sign of their disconnection from reality that these extremist politicians and activists spent their weekend at CPAC spreading hateful and discriminatory transphobic rhetoric rather than tackling any real issues facing our country," said Geoff Wetrosky, National Campaign Director for the Human Rights Campaign. "Their vile, anti-trans rhetoric does not resonate with the majority of Americans who are interested in solutions, not slander. But that doesn't mean their transphobic hate and propaganda won't cause harm. Their words rile up far-right extremists resulting in more stigma, discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ people. The rights and very existence of trans people are not up for debate. We will keep fighting back until we are all treated equally, with dignity and respect."

A Litany of Malice, Hatred and Discrimination on Display

CPAC speakers attacked transgender people constantly over the course of the conference, proving that nothing more than hatred and discrimination are at the heart of their platform. The unrelenting focus on transgender and non-binary people demonstrates how out of step they are with issues the majority of Americans care about.

Polling released by HRC in November, following the midterm election, showed that attacking transgender people was ineffective in terms of motivating voters. In the survey, HRC asked voters which specific issues motivated them to vote in 2022. Inflation (52 percent) and abortion (29 percent) ranked first and second on the list. Less than 5 percent identified gender affirming care for transgender youth or transgender participation in sports as issues motivating them to vote, last on this list.

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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