Republican Representative Lauren Boebert is being lambasted for public statements that used a homophobic stereotype as a defense for her voting against an LGBTQ rights bill.
Before trafficking in transphobic hysteria to attack the Equality Act like many of her GOP colleagues, Boebert made the timeworn claim that gay men aren't real men.
Addressing a press gaggle, Boebert claimed to be "proud" that she was "raising her sons to be men," whatever that means.
I'm raising my boys to be men, and I'm darn proud of that. https://t.co/GXqE6GfIvH— Lauren Boebert (@Lauren Boebert)1614280474.0
Boebert also tweeted the statement along with a claim that Democrats want the federal government to "define gender."
The Equality Act, one of the most sweeping pieces of LGBTQ rights legislation in history, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, credit, jury service, and other areas.
Flanked by other right-wing extremists like Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Boebert appeared before a press gaggle to rail against what she called the "Inequality Act." After making her claim that gay men aren't real men, Boebert pivoted to hysterically decrying transgender healthcare procedures and "boys pretending to be girls leering at [our daughters] in the girls' locker room."
In another tweet, she also called the Equality Act an attack on religious freedom.
The so-called “Equality Act” would be the most egregiously anti-Christian piece of legislation ever passed into law… https://t.co/hgU4v7eAdk— Lauren Boebert (@Lauren Boebert)1614096861.0
Boebert, the mother of four sons, is a far-right radical and fervent supporter of former Republican President Donald Trump.
She is suspected by many to have been involved in the planning of the January 6 coup attempt at the Capitol, and is so fanatical in her dedication to the second amendment that she has insisted on bringing firearms onto the House floor in the wake of that insurrection.
Like her close ally Taylor Greene, Boebert has been linked to the bizarre Q Anon conspiracy theory, though Boebert has publicly disavowed the movement since being elected.
On Twitter, people were disgusted by Boebert's rhetoric.
@RepBoebert The bigoted right wants to define gender so they can continue to discriminate. Resign.— Zach Mikaš (@Zach Mikaš)1614272572.0
@RepBoebert Sometimes it's hard to tell if Lauren is lying or just stupid AF.— Chaos Revisited (@Chaos Revisited)1614272634.0
@RepBoebert Qbert, living under a rock. Qbert, what will you say when one of your boys or your relatives announces… https://t.co/MNAjherqN8— Wade Woodworker (@Wade Woodworker)1614272912.0
@RepBoebert The “woke left” would also like a rep for CO3 that is educated, decent, has morals, works and is kind..… https://t.co/3ZBU8JV8lD— MsT (@MsT)1614276185.0
@RepBoebert And are they going to be "men" like your husband, because from what I have heard that's not exactly a g… https://t.co/5qG2Q9AMyI— LuvColorado (@LuvColorado)1614288443.0
@RepBoebert How’s your idol @POTUS45 doing? Last I checked, not so good. https://t.co/TIBmqmqrON— Shaka Travel Guys (@Shaka Travel Guys)1614293912.0
@RepBoebert Will your “men” flash minors too?— Rockymountaingirl (@Rockymountaingirl)1614272987.0
Y'all need to keep an eye on those kids. Because 10 years from now, when one of her sons comes out as gay, he's goi… https://t.co/SGcGeaPHmU— Nameless Cynic (@Nameless Cynic)1614280182.0
@laurenboebert I'll be raising my kids not to be a Lauren Boebert, and I'm darn proud of that.— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino)1614281461.0
@laurenboebert Hope they don't follow in their fathers footsteps and expose themselves in public. I know how DANG p… https://t.co/k1ZWd23SzK— Paul Derby (@Paul Derby)1614281434.0
Shortly after the Equality Act passed the House despite Boebert's hysterical objections, the tour of the Capitol she gave the day before the January 6 riot was referred to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation.