WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Center for Transgender Equality today criticized a transphobic ploy for attention by US Rep. Tulsi Gabbard as her time in Congress draws to an undignified end.
Democrat Gabbard joined Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin to introduce legislation attacking transgender student athletes.
“Rep. Gabbard’s play for attention is embarrassing. She should be ashamed of trying to burnish her right-wing credentials with attacks on transgender student athletes,” said Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “Gabbard is on her way out of Congress and this legislation has no chance to become law or even reach the floor of the US House of Representatives. It’s just a hurtful attempt to get on TV without any regard to the damage such rhetoric does to transgender kids.”
During her failed run for the Democratic nomination for president, Gabbard tried to walk back anti-LGBTQ statements that she had made in the past.
“On her way out the door of Congress, Gabbard is once again showing us who she really is,” Keisling said. “As poet Dr. Maya Angelou said, ‘When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.’”