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Anti-trans US congress member condemns recently passed Equality Act

Rachel Badham February 27, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene, an anti-trans Republican congresswoman from Georgia, has condemned the Equality Act, causing conflict with Democrat Marie Newman who subsequently hung a trans flag outside Greene’s office. Greene, who is a QAnon follower, tried to prevent the success of the Equality Act , which was formally reintroduced to the House of Representatives last week after being scrapped by the Trump Administration in 2019. 

The act, which was just passed by the House of Representatives, aims to add add pro-LGBTQ+ policies to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, including the prohibition of housing, employment and education discrimination. However, Greene argues that the trans inclusive policies will ‘harm women’s rights’, as well as limit ‘religious freedom’. Following Greene’s condemnation of the act, supporter of the Equality Act, Newman, retaliated by hanging a trans flag outside Greene’s office, which neighbours hers. 

LGBTQ+ ally Marie Newman

Newman, who has a trans daughter, tweeted: “Our neighbour, Majorie Taylor Greene, tried to block the Equality Act because she believes prohibiting discrimination against trans Americans is ‘disgusting, immoral, and evil’. Thought we’d put up our transgender flag so she can look at it every time she opens her door.” After Newman’s act of solidarity with the trans community, Greene lashed out further, putting up a sign which reads: “There are TWO genders. MALE & FEMALE. Trust the science!”. She also tweeted: “Our neighbour, Marie Newman, wants to pass the so-called “Equality” Act to destroy women’s rights and religious freedoms. Thought we’d put up ours so she can look at it every time she opens her door.”

Many social media users criticised Greene, with a medical professional tweeting: “As a physician, I can tell you for certain that gender is a social construct and not a biological one. I can also tell you that there are more than two sexes.”

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