Thank you to friend and ally Jennifer Lockett for inspiring me to write this story. For those that follow TSM, you will remember the article about the increase in violence against the LGBT community. TSM also published an article about the correlation between bullying of LGBT youth and suicide, so it should come as no surprise that there have been nine reported suicides of youth that were either gay or perceived as gay, due to bullying, in Michele Bachmann’s district.
Of course, there is going to be bullying of LGBT youth and gender non-conforming youth in Bachmann’s district. Parents and students in her district are very aware of the homophobia and damage done by the Bachmann family. Fortunately, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights are investigating the schools in Bachmann’s district.
I worry about all of the kids that see the lack of leadership from Bachmann and how her bigoted views work to deny the civil rights of other humans. I worry even more that her bigoted views inspire others to bully an already targeted group of kids. We clearly have not learned how dangerous bigotry can be.