Laura Flanders Show - Imara Jones: Countering The Anti-Trans Hate Machine
We thought that last year would go down in history, but this year is even worse for the number of anti-trans bills introduced into state legislatures, and the successful passage of many of those bills. 549 proposed bills, banning books, medical treatment, even access to the bathroom were introduced in 2023. 73 of those anti-trans bills have already passed and the ACLU's weekly tracker can barely keep score. As extremists crank up the volume on hate trans people, especially trans women of color, are facing an onslaught of violence. As today's guest points out, the people driving the anti-trans movement are the same as those leading the anti-abortion movement. Imara Jones is featured in this year's "Time's 100 Most Influential People" for her work to combat disinformation against trans people. She's the producer of a podcast mini-series called "The Anti-Trans Hate Machine: A Plot Against Equality". The final three episodes of the podcast will release this June and July. Jones is also the creator of "TransLash Media", a cross-platform journalism, personal storytelling, and narrative project, which seeks to shift the culture, create empathy and save trans lives. In this episode, Laura asks her what impacts these restrictions and increased control have on all of us. "We're already seeing doctors that treat trans people being targeted just like abortion doctors. That's a new thing that just happened this year." - Imara Jones "There's an understanding by the people, the politicians, the organizations, and the billionaires that trans people will be the next fight in the gender wars, after what they anticipate, and have anticipated for over a year, to be their victory on abortion rights." - Imara Jones Guest: Imara Jones: Founder and CEO, TransLash Media.
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