Marjorie Taylor Greene is making national headlines with her racist, anti-Muslim and conspiracy views, but don’t forget that Tuesday’s winner in a GOP runoff for a Georgia Congressional seat also attacks drag queens and LGBTQ people.
Her anti-LGBTQ rhetoric has been overlooked in recent media reports covering the race. Yet she’s just the latest addition to the long list of Georgia’s Republican members of Congress that spew anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.
“The Republican establishment was against me,” Greene said Tuesday, according to the AJC. “The D.C. swamp is against me. And the lying fake news media hates my guts. It’s a badge of honor. It’s not about me winning. This is a referendum on every single one of us, on our beliefs.”
The business owner won the GOP runoff in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District this week. Nestled in a solidly conservative district in northwestern Georgia, she’s expected to easily defeat Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in November.
She’s a 9/11 conspiracy theorist and likely to become the first QAnon supporter to win a seat in Congress. She’s asserted that black people “are held slaves to the Democratic Party” and called former President Obama a Muslim. Media Matters collected many of her most offensive comments.
But what hasn’t received much attention in this campaign cycle are her views on LGBTQ issues – and her stalking of a drag queen trying to read to children in a public library.
That ugly scene unfolded in August before Greene switched races from the 6th to the 14th. (Left in the 6th District race is Karen Handel, who has her own long anti-LGBTQ history. In November, Handel faces U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, an Atlanta Pride parade participant who has been called a “pro-equality champion.”)
In April 2019, Greene spent 90 minutes harassing drag queen Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker and attendees at a Drag Queen Story Time event in Alpharetta. She broadcast all of her antics on Facebook Live.
We detailed what happened in two stories last August:
“I do not hate or have any ill will against that man. I just don’t like that gender confusion being put on young children,” she said to viewers. “This is the type of thing that if they want to do it in their private stores and their private homes, but in this community in Alpharetta, you have a Baptist church across the street with a Christian school. You have a Methodist church with another Christian school.”
Greene later showed a photo of [Sugarbaker].
“That’s the abomination that just read four children’s books to children in our public library here in Alpharetta, Ga.,” she said.
Greene also said the event was “an attack on our children.”
Also last August, Greene attacked transgender people in a Facebook post, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“Trans does not mean gender change, it just means a gender refusal and gender pretending! Truth is truth, it is not a choice!!!,” she wrote in the post.
Just two months earlier, Greene spoke at a Georgia Log Cabin Republicans event.
Also in June, Greene claimed that the Equality Act “destroys Title IX for women’s sports and completely violates women’s rights,” according to Georgia Pol. The Equality Act would add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Greene and her anti-LGBTQ views will be right at home with Georgia’s other GOP members of Congress.
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice has been trolling gays for years, Buddy Carter doesn’t want “them” transgenders in the military and kicks them out of his rallies, Austin Scott and Drew Ferguson don’t want trans people in bathrooms, Rob Woodall loves a good anti-LGBTQ piece of legislation, Tom Graves doesn’t care for LGBTQ equality, Barry Loudermilk has a history of denouncing LGBTQ people with heated rhetoric and Rick Allen sent thoughts and prayers to the victims of the gay Orlando nightclub massacre – just weeks after he led Republican colleagues in prayer calling for death to LGBT people.
And don’t forget Doug Collins. The U.S. House member – now trying to unseat Sen. Kelly Loeffler – has denounced LGBTQ equality, too.