GLAAD has released two new ads in advance of the upcoming midterm elections reminding voters how high the stakes are for LGBTQ families.
From The Advocate:
The election will determine control of Congress and many state and local races. It comes at a time when Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has said the court’s 2015 marriage equality ruling should be reversed; he did so when the court overturned Roe v. Wade, which had guaranteed the right to abortion nationwide.
A bill that would write marriage equality into federal law is pending in Congress. Meanwhile, several states have enacted anti-trans laws and policies, particularly targeting young people.
The first ad, titled “Marriage Threat,” spotlights the fear and uncertainty families with same-sex parents face in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and some politicians indicating they’d like to go further by rolling back marriage and other rights hard fought and won by LGBTQ Americans.
The second ad spotlights the Briggle family of Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered that parents who allow their trans children to receive gender-affirming health care be investigated for child abuse.
Text of the spot:
“Do you want to meet a family of a transgender kid? Here we are. There are some politicians who are trying to tear my family apart simply because my son is transgender.
“Trans kids don’t have a political agenda. They are just kids. They want to be left alone. They have the same hopes and dreams and deserve the same equality as your child does. My family is just like yours. We love our kids unconditionally and we will never stop fighting for them. Stand with us.”
Noting that over 300 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced across the country in 2022, Family Equality CEO Stacey Stevenson underscored the obvious: “Our legal protections are at risk. Our kids are at risk. The LGBTQ+ community and our allies must come together and vote. We can’t afford to sit this one out.”
To protect LGBTQ families, visit http://www.glaad.org/vote and make a plan to vote.