Over on his Facebook wall, where he posts crazy stuff all the time, 2013 Virginia GOP gubernatorial nominee – and possible 2018 U.S. Senate candidate? – Ken Cuccinelli is out with his latest wit, wisdom and “humor.”
In this case, Cooch is mocking the concept that someone’s gender identity can “[differ] from the sex the doctor marked on their birth certificate.” Instead, Cooch thinks it’s all a big “game.” Or even worse, he thinks (like E.W. Jackson and others of Cooch’s ilk) that it’s demonic; note that it’s the devil (the stand-in for a transgender person) identifying as an angel (the stand-in for a non-transgender person) in the cartoon?.
All this ignorance and bigotry, despite scientific evidence (something Cooch truly hates, whether it’s climate science or the science of human sexuality, gender, etc.) that “the weight of [brain imaging and other scientific] studies…points strongly toward a biological basis for gender dysphoria.” Also note that, far from being a “game,” ignorance of and discrimination against transgender people is a deadly serious issue:
- “Transgender people face staggering levels of discrimination and violence. In 2013, 72% of anti-LGBT homicide victims were transgender women.”
- “Transgender people are four times more likely to live in poverty.”
- “90% of transgender people report experiencing harassment, mistreatment or discrimination on the job.”
- “41%…reported attempting suicide, compared to 1.6% of the general population.”
So yeah, Cooch and his bigoted, theocratic, far-right-wing ilk can treat this whole topic as a big “game,” in the same way as they treat so many other topics as mere “political correctness” (translation: the license to be as nasty as they wanna be). I’d just ask Cooch a few questions. First, did you CHOOSE to be male? Second, did you CHOOSE to be heterosexual? Third, did you CHOOSE to be a right wingnut? Fourth, did you CHOOSE to be a nasty, bullying a**hole? Feel free to respond in the comments section.