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As Pride Month Nears End, LGBT Political Culture Warring Escalates


We’ve got 10 days left in Pride Month. That it takes place this year during an election cycle that has been heavily influenced by culture wars putting gay and particularly trans issues front and center has inexplicably brought back into politics some pretty old ideas about LGBT issues.

Over the weekend, the Republican Party of Texas voted to approve language in their 2022 platform declaring that “homosexuality is an abnormal lifestyle choice” and opposing “special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior.” It further states they “oppose all efforts to validate transgender identity” and calls for the legal prohibition of medical treatments like puberty blockers, hormones, and surgery for any trans person under the age of 21.

There is a lot of stuff in the whole platform (and not all of it is bad). The addition of this LGBT component is notable for what a weird throwback it is, much of it reminiscent of how conservatives used to talk about gay marriage back in the 1990s.

State political platforms are also somewhat easy targets to draw out culture war tensions. They are mostly relevant to party primaries in states and may indicate the mood of influential party participants but […]

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