It’s generally considered improper for an adult to bully or harass a child. Transgender children are still children, but they are often targeted by grown-up bullies, just for being who they are. A few weeks ago, two despicable radio hosts in Sacramento spent 30 minutes advocating child abuse against transgender kids. Rob Williams and Arnie States railed against “allowing transgenders to exist,” urged parents of gender dysphoric children to beat it out of them, and used cruel, dehumanizing language calling for their demise: “I look forward to when they go out into society and society beats them down. And they end up in therapy.” That was one of the tamer quotes. In response, LGBT people and allies around the country contacted the program and its advertisers to protest. The hosts fauxpologized, but it’s clear they hate trans people of all ages and consider anti-trans violence hilarious.
Yesterday I read another story about a bigoted adult lashing out against a trans child. Angry that his grandson’s school allowed a transgender girl to use the girls restroom, a Maine man is on a crusade to perpetuate anti-trans discrimination and preserve cis privilege. Paul Melanson’s campaign began after his grandson was suspended for stalking his trans classmate, harassing her, and following her into the girls bathroom. He had given the boy permission to use the girls room as long as the trans girl was doing so. The man filed a complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission, saying that not allowing his grandson to use the girls bathroom or the faculty bathroom as the other child did was a violation of the boy’s right to public accommodation under the Maine Human Rights Act. The commission decided the claim had no merit, so now Melanson is trying to get Maine moms riled up to protest the decision. This guy is going to terrorize trans kids into submission if it’s the last thing he does. I wonder where his grandson learned to be such a bully.
I’m pleased by the responses from a lot of Williams’ and States’ advertisers, and by the state of Maine. I don’t know where these cowards get off, railing against something that has fuck-all to do with them and isn’t hurting anybody. To glorify brutality against a community that’s already targeted by extreme violence is reprehensible, and just sad. I can’t imagine how these poor kids feel.