Colorado Republican Representative Lauren Boebert has long taken issue with letting children identify as they see fit and has joined numerous conservatives who've engaged in a wider pushback against the LGBTQ+ community.
So virulent is Boebert's homophobia she once said it’s not "unreasonable to require people" to be at least 21 before they can come out of the closet.
But Boebert appeared to get something right this week about letting people be who they are after she tweeted:
"The Left wants kids to be able to identify as anything they want... except conservative."
You can see her tweet below.
\u201cThe Left wants kids to be able to identify as anything they want... except conservative.\u201d— Lauren Boebert (@Lauren Boebert) 1670187421
Given Christian nationalists and White nationalists in the GOP have made "conservative" synonymous with homophobic, transphobic and racist in the last decade, not wanting more children to grow up as hate-filled bigots rings true.
The overwhelming majority of LGBTQ+ people do not align themselves with the Republican Party given the GOP's extensive history of demonizing the community.
And now, many are actually agreeing with Boebert for hitting the nail on the head whether she meant to or not.
\u201cBookmarked so if anyone asks me if Lauren was ever right about anything, I'll whip this out.\u201d— Jeffrey \u24cb (@Jeffrey \u24cb) 1670197876
\u201cWow Lauren, that's one comment about The Left that you actually got right. \ud83e\udd23\u201d— Quelogue (@Quelogue) 1670268779
\u201cYes. We prefer acceptance over racism and hate. See?! We do agree on something!\u201d— "All I do is" Nguyen \u263a\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfb\ud83c\uddf3\ud83c\udf08 (@"All I do is" Nguyen \u263a\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfb\ud83c\uddf3\ud83c\udf08) 1670201159
\u201cAccurate\u201d— Obi Kiwami \u6975\u307f (Parody Account) (@Obi Kiwami \u6975\u307f (Parody Account)) 1670201959
\u201cStruggling to find something wrong with this.\u201d— Head of Lettuce vs. Smith (@Head of Lettuce vs. Smith) 1670203128
\u201cShe finally got one right!\u201d— Wobbly Lozen & the Cat Gods (@Wobbly Lozen & the Cat Gods) 1670268271
\u201cCan confirm\u201d— \ud83c\udf34 lopez los angeles \ud83c\udf34 (@\ud83c\udf34 lopez los angeles \ud83c\udf34) 1670214308
\u201cYup!\nWe care about our kids.\u201d— Sukie #DemsAreThePatriots\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Sukie #DemsAreThePatriots\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1670196940
Boebert is one of the most high-profile anti-LGBTQ+ members of Congress, sharing bigoted opinions about members of the Biden administration and even complaining about the existence of drag bars.
Boebert has previously made headlines for homophobic attacks against Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, at one point criticizing him for taking parental leave amid a global supply-chain crisis, saying he was "not working" because he was "trying to figure out how to chestfeed."
She has also suggested opponents of Florida's controversial "Don't Say Gay" law should just "build your own Florida." Boebert claimed that the law protects children from doing "irreversible damage to their bodies," employing anti-trans rhetoric in response to an order from Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott that for a time required state agencies to open child-abuse investigations into families whose children receive gender-affirming procedures.
More recently, she was excoriated for offering "prayers" to the victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs—conveniently ignoring the fact that she has elevated anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric that has made attacks against the LGBTQ+ community more commonplace.