Earlier this week, at a campaign event in Spirit Lake, Ted Cruz went on a familiar tirade against the Obama Administration and the Department of Education for their decision to support equal treatment for transgender students. He told attendees that it would be better to “inflict” a transgender student on a faculty restroom than let them use student facilities. He of course also used one of his favorite lines: “my five year-old... knows there’s a difference between boys and girls.”
Attacking transgender people is nothing new for Cruz, but his rhetoric against transgender youth is particularly disturbing. While Cruz makes these remarks in an attempt to score cheap political points, there are real world consequences for transgender youth who are at an increased risk of rejection from their families, homelessness, depression and suicide.
Cruz, who is currently surging amongst the evangelical right, is proudly racking up a host of endorsements from some of the nation’s most hateful and bigoted organizations and people. So far he’s been endorsed by the National Organization for Marriage and the leader of Iowa’s worst anti-LGBT group, the Family Leader, ultra-conservative Iowa Congressman Steve King, and Sandy Rios of the American Family Association - an organization that has been classified a hate-group by the Southern Poverty Law Center
For more information on Ted Cruz visit hrc.org/2016RepublicanFacts, an online resource that highlights the anti-LGBT rhetoric of 2016 GOP presidential candidates. The research document on Cruz also highlights his longtime record opposing marriage equality, non-discrimination protections for LGBT people and his out-of-touch belief that being gay is a “choice.”
For more information on HRC's efforts supporting transgender youth, go to hrc.org/trans-youth