Welcome to our weekly round-up of the most infuriating bits of news from the past seven days. We'll be providing a retrospective on the most heinous, crazy-making bits of anti-LGBT news that came across our radar last week. Our hope in doing this isn't only to darken the skies, but also to sound the alarm about the kind of idiocy that passes for "legitimate commentary" these days. Expect a healthy dose of snark in the following paragraphs — sometimes it's the only way we can get through the day.
5. Croatians Vote to Ban Marriage Equality
While we here in the U.S. LGBT community continue to make strides at the ballot box — turning the tide for the first time in 2012 in favor of marriage equality when put to a popular vote — the majority of voters in Croatia would rather see their gay and lesbian countrymen and women relegated to second-class citizen status.
At least, that appears to be the result in the primarily Catholic country's first citizen-vote initiative since its 1991 independence.
More than 65 percent of Croatians voted to amend their national constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage, according to an Agence France-Presse story reported by our sibling site The Advocate.
Despite sizable protests against the amendment pointing out doctrinal hypocrisy and calling for acceptance of LGBT people, the Catholic Church's well-funded "vote Yes" campaign proved successful. Though as the photo above illustrates, the messaging on those billboards didn't go unchallenged — notice the letters "DISKRIMI" before the word "Nacija?" I don't speak Croatian, but I'm pretty sure I can infer the meaning of that graffiti.
4. Validating Trans Kids Reveals 'Demon of Rape'
Noted homophobe and disgraced former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt has recently expanded his vitriol to encompass not only gay and lesbian people but transgender youth and the people who support them as well.
On his program Pray In Jesus Name last Tuesday, Kligenschmitt reiterated a transphobic line of thinking that previously led him to declare that a transgender teenage girl using the women's locker room at her school was tantamount to the teen "visually raping" her classmates. Last week, Klingenschmitt directed his misinformed hatred at a Colorado family who successfully fought for their six-year-old daughter's right to use the bathroom that corresponds with her gender identity at her elementary school.
Coy Mathis made headlines earlier this year when her family filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, contending that Eagleside Elementary School in Fountain, Colo., a suburb of Colorado Springs, abruptly denied Mathis the right to use the girls' bathroom after she'd been using the facilities without incident for a year. In response, the divisionissued a landmark ruling declaring that Mathis, and other transgender students enrolled in public schools, have an unalienable right to use the bathroom that reflects their gender identity.
But Kligenschmitt, who has adopted the nickname "Dr. Chaps," doesn't see Colorado's history-making decision as good news.
Consistently mispronouncing Mathis — who was assigned male at birth but has identified as female since she was 18 months old — Klingenschmitt claims that the Mathises are abusing their child by validating her identity as a girl.
"He's being abused by his parents," Klingenschmitt said, according to video posted by Right Wing Watch. "These abusive parents now have used this little boy to try and claim that he's a girl to try and tell the world that they ought to let transgender adults into your little girl's public bathrooms!"
"There is a demon of rape inside of this movement," he continued, that intends "to violate your daughters."
Watch Klingenschmitt's transphobic rant below, clipped by RWW, despite the chaplain's repeated but unsuccessful attempts to get the right-wing watchdog group's YouTube account shut down with bogus copyright infringement claims.
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