U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is once again raising the banner of anti-LGBTQ+ hatred.
The Republican from Georgia hung a poster on her office door that read, “There are TWO genders: Male & Female. Trust The Science!”
The sign was in response to Rep. Marie Newman of Illinois, a Democratic politician across the hall who raised a pink-and-blue flag Wednesday in support of her trans daughter. Newman did so after Greene attempted to derail the Equality Act, which is expected to pass Thursday in the House of Representatives.
“Our neighbor … tried to block the Equality Act because she believes prohibiting discrimination against trans Americans is ‘disgusting, immoral, and evil,’” Newman said in a video posted Wednesday to Twitter. “Thought we’d put up our transgender flag so she can look at it every time she opens her door.”
Greene responded with her own video trolling Newman. “Our neighbor, @RepMarieNewman, wants to pass the so-called ‘Equality’ Act to destroy women’s rights and religious freedoms. Thought we’d put up ours so she can look at it every time she opens her door,” Greene captioned of her anti-transgender sign raising.
Greene, whose support of QAnon conspiracy theories and lies of election fraud led to her being stripped of House committee assignments, has attacked Pride flags before. Earlier this month, she announced her cosponsorship of a bill to ban flying of what she calls “hate America flags,” including Pride flags, at U.S. embassies. She is the most vocal opponent of the Equality Act, which would give LGBTQ+ Americans protections against discrimination in, among other areas, employment and housing. She railed against it Wednesday on the House floor.
Greene’s act sparked bipartisan disgust. “This is sad and I’m sorry this happened. Rep. Newmans daughter is transgender, and this video and tweet represents the hate and fame driven politics of self-promotion at all evil costs,” tweeted Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who was one of the few Republicans who voted to strip Greene of her assignments. “This garbage must end, in order to #RestoreOurGOP.”
“Sickening, pathetic, unimaginably cruel,” tweeted Democratic Rep. Sean Casten. “This hate is exactly why the #EqualityAct is necessary and what we must protect [Newman’s] daughter and all our LGBTQ+ loved ones against.”
Hollywood also took notice. “You are not a good person,” wrote LGBTQ+ ally Patricia Arquette, who lost her transgender sibling Alexis in 2016.
Transgender rights have emerged as a political flashpoint as the Biden administration has reversed anti-trans positions taken by President Trump. In the past month, it withdrew federal support from a lawsuit against trans athletes and lifted the ban on trans military service. Although Greene’s action was extreme, it reflects criticism of the Equality Act from conservatives like Sen. Rand Paul, who have tapped into fearmongering of trans student-athletes as a reason for opposition.