Gay Missouri lawmaker slams colleague over anti-trans amendment

A Missouri lawmaker on Thursday issued a powerful condemnation of one of his fellow Republicans for an effort to exclude transgender athletes from youth sports.

State Representative Ian Mackey (D), who is gay, sent the emotionally charged message to State Representative Chuck Basye (R) during a hearing on an amendment Basye proposed that would allow school districts to vote on banning transgender athletes.

Mackey urged Basye to think about her relationship with her own brother, who is also gay.

“Your brother wanted to tell you he was gay, didn’t he?” Mackey pressed Basye, who replied yes, her brother “thought we’d hold it against him and not let my kids be around him” β€” although that’s not the case, Basye said.

“Can I tell you that if I was your brother, I would have been afraid to tell you too?” Macky replied “I was afraid to tell you too, because of stuff like that, because that’s what you focus on. This is the bill you want to introduce. This is what consumes your time. I would have been afraid to tell you too. I was afraid that people like you would grow up.

Mackey said the school district where he grew up in Missouri’s Hickory County would “vote tomorrow” to implement such a ban. The state legislator represents parts of St. Louis County.

“Thank God I made it,” he said. “I think every day of the kids who are still here who didn’t make it, who didn’t escape this kind of bigotry.”

Images of his remarks have racked up hundreds of thousands of views on social media over the past day.

“Gentlemen, I’m not afraid of you anymore, because you’re going to lose,” Mackey told his colleagues who support the amendment, raising his voice. “You can win today, but you will lose.”

Basye called Mackey a “big-mouthed whiner” and said the trade “didn’t [faze] me at all” in an email to HuffPost:

Representative Mackey is a loud-mouthed whiner. He was campaigning on the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives. He is worried about his re-election and his rhetoric during the debate has absolutely nothing to do with the amendment I proposed to House Bill 2140. During the 3 hour debate the Radical Democrats attacked my character and made many slanderous accusations! It didn’t phase me at all, I then went home, enjoyed a delicious glass of Maker’s 46 Bourbon, then lay down and slept like a baby!!

Basye’s amendment was finally approved, 89-40, after nearly three hours of debate.

More than a dozen states now have laws in place restricting transgender student participation in sports. Several states adopted them this year.


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