LGBT+ activists call on Michael Bloomberg to apologise for calling trans women ‘some guy in a dress’
LGBT+ activists are calling on Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg to apologise for calling trans women “some guy in a dress”.
Bloomberg has been attempting to defend his LGBT+ record after a video surfaced in which he called trans people “it”.
The former Republican and three-time mayor of New York made the comments during an event last year, before launching his presidential bid.
The billionaire businessman, a late entrant in the Democratic primaries, said that “you can understand where somebody like Trump comes from” and suggested that a candidate who vocally supports trans rights was someone bound to lose.
“If your conversation during a presidential election is about some guy wearing a dress and whether ‘he’, ‘she’, or ‘it’ can go to the locker room with their daughter, that’s not a winning formula with most people,” he said.
Alphonso David, president of the LGBT+ equality organisation Human Rights Campaign, called on Michael Bloomberg to apologise for his comments.
“Transgender women aren’t ‘he, she or it,’” Alphonso David said in a statement posted to Twitter. “They’re women. LGBTQ people are human and deserve to be treated with respect.”
“Over the last decade, right-wing extremists have attacked transgender people, their humanity and their rights at every opportunity.
“And in 2019, at least 26 transgender and gender non-conforming people lost their lives to fatal violence.
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“Words matter and Mayor Bloomberg should apologise for using language that demoralises and dehumanises members of our community.”
Yesterday, it emerged that Bloomberg is selling $22 T-shirts with the slogan “Protect trans rights”.
The T-shirts feature the slogan “protect trans rights” in the pink, white and blue colours of the trans pride flag.
Underneath the slogan is Bloomberg’s own slogan: “Mike Bloomberg 2020.”
Bloomberg’s website makes it clear that the campaign will not profit from sales of the t-shirt.
Bloomberg was a firm supporter of LGBT+ rights while serving as New York City mayor and has said he hopes to carry that through to the White House with a “comprehensive policy to ensure LGBTQ+ equality”.