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Todd Kincannon, Former South Carolina GOP Executive Director: American trans people should be interned in camps

Former South Carolina GOP Executive Director, Todd Kincannon has publicly declared that some Americans should be interned in “camps.” Kincannon went on to refer to a trans person as a “goddamn he-she” and stated that trans people were “disgusting mentally ill weirdos.”

While certainly worded with cruel intent, how does Kincannon’s message of exclusion differ in substance from the stated position of the South Carolina GOP? The South Carolina Republican party is very clear about their views of LGBT people and their stated aims and goals with regard to LGBT people:

We oppose efforts to redefine the marriage unit to accommodate proponents of homosexual “marriages” and oppose any legislation that legally recognizes same-sex marriage, civil unions, or allows such couples to adopt children or provide foster care. Morally and pragmatically, the Party considers homosexuality a lifestyle detrimental to the health and well-being of individuals and therefore opposes its promotion as simply “an alternate lifestyle.” We applaud the state for prohibiting same sex marriage and adoptions, and consider such as detrimental to the peace and tranquility or our state.

We affirm the wonderful differences with which each gender is created and oppose efforts to blur or disregard the uniqueness of male and female genders. Furthermore, we affirm that one’s gender is fixed at birth and that no citizen should be entitled to special treatment or accorded any special benefits not accorded to others of the same birth gender regardless of how they have altered their anatomy or appearance. We oppose federal, state, county, or municipal laws, regulations or ordinances that require a person to be granted special rights or protections based on his or her “perceived” gender identity.

 – South Carolina Republican Platform, pp 13 – 14

While the South Carolina GOP (SCGOP) won’t go as far as interning specific classes of American citizens, it clearly favors a society in which some classes of law-abiding American citizens are favored over others. It’s clear that SCGOP believes that only select groups of American citizens should have access to 14th amendment constitutional rights. In this way Kincannon and SCGOP are in agreement: full constitutional rights are the domain of cisgender heterosexual Americans only; LGBT Americans are immoral and unpragmatic in their aspirations for equality as American citizens.

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Cristan Williams is a trans historian and pioneer in addressing the practical needs of underserved communities. She started the first trans homeless shelter in Texas and co-founded the first federally funded housing-first homeless program, pioneered affordable health care for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. She has published short stories, academic chapters and papers, and numerous articles for both print and digital magazines. She received numerous awards for her advocacy and has presented at universities throughout the nation, served on several governmental committees and CBO boards, is the Editor of the TransAdvocate, and is a founding board member of the Transgender Foundation of America and the Bee Busy Wellness Center.

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