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Extreme Republican rhetoric & policies are fueling anti-LGBTQ violence

Laura Carleton and O'shae Sibley, respectively.
Laura Carleton and O'shae Sibley, respectively.

On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the connections between extreme Republican policies and hate speech and anti-LGBTQ violence.

The murders of O’Shae Sibley, a Black gay dancer, and Lauri Carleton, an LGBTQ ally who was shot for hanging a pride flag outside of her Southern California store, has put another spotlight on rising extremism in the US.

From June 2022 to April 2023, GLAAD tracked at least 356 incidents of anti-LGBTQ+ hate and extremism in the US, including harassment, vandalism, and assault.

Republican lawmakers in 46 states have introduced more than 650 bills targeting the queer community, according to the Movement Advancement Project.

What can we do to end the violence?


Skylar Baker-Jordan, columnist for the Independent, contributing editor for community engagement at 100 Days in Appalachia, and freelance journalist and essayist covering the intersection of identity, class, and public policy

Kwolanne Felix, essayist for Truthout, conference support fellow for Women Deliver

Web Resources:

Truthout: Even in LGBTQ+ “Safe Haven” NYC, O’Shae Sibley Wasn’t Safe From Violence

Truthout: Fleeing Home Due to Anti-LGBTQ Hostility Is Heartbreaking. I Know Because I Did.

The Independent: A murder over a Pride flag is sadly no surprise to anyone paying attention

Scientific American: How Anti-LGBTQ+ Rhetoric Fuels Violence

CBS: Wave of anti-LGBTQ laws passed across country

USA Today: 'War' on LGBTQ existence: 8 ways the record onslaught of 650 bills targets the community

The Guardian: Revealed: Christian legal non-profit funds US anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-abortion organizations

The American Independent: The dark money funding conservative anti-trans groups

Axios: The forces behind anti-trans bills across the U.S.

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Bee Soll is a producer with Your Call at KALW, and a producer, writer, and editor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She is a former reporter for Crosscurrents and contributor at KPFA Radio.