A bipartisan group of lawmakers has rallied behind Democratic Representative Marie Newman, whose daughter is transgender, after controversial Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene hung an anti-trans sign outside of her office on Wednesday. Greene posted the sign shortly after Newman proudly erected a pride Trans flag outside her office, directly across the hall from Greene.
“This is sad and I’m sorry this happened,” Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, tweeted on Wednesday. “Rep. Newmans daughter is transgender, and this video and tweet represents the hate and fame driven politics of self-promotion at all evil costs. This garbage must end, in order to#RestoreOurGOP.”
Greene claimed this week that the Equality Act will “destroy women’s rights and religious freedoms.”
On Thursday, GOP Sen. Rand Paul compared transition surgery to “genital mutilation” on the Senate floor while questioning Dr. Rachel Levine, a trans woman, during her confirmation hearing in a quest to become Joe Biden’s assistant health secretary.
If successful, she’ll be the first openly transgender federal official to receive Senate confirmation.
Late Thursday afternoon, the House voted to pass the Equality Act, which still faces a battle in the Senate. The sweeping civil rights bill would expand protections in education, housing, employment and more to LGBT people.
Following a busy day of debate over LGBTQ rights and transphobic rhetoric on Capitol Hill, The Nabisco cookie brand sent out the following three words: “Trans people exist.”
Trans people exist.
— OREO Cookie (@Oreo) February 25, 2021
The vast majority of Twitter users celebrated the tweet while some accused Oreo of trying to appeal to hip, young people with its tweet.
Nabisco wasn’t the only company wading into politics Thursday. Toymaker Hasbro announced its Mr. Potato Head brand would be known simply as “Potato Head” going forward. The company later clarified its position by tweeting that Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head toys would still exist, but that the brand name was evolving into one that’s gender-neutral.