Ben Carson talked with Jorge Ramos about trans issues today in the wake of Texas rejecting an ordinance on LGBT rights over concerns about trans individuals in bathrooms. Part of the fight against it included the slogan “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms.”
Ramos asked Carson about the issue today, and Carson asked why not just establish bathrooms specifically meant for transgender individuals. He said it’s “not fair for them to make everybody else uncomfortable.”
He said he doesn’t like the idea that some people should have “extra rights when it comes to redefining everything for everybody else” and imposing it on others, while still making it clear he has a “live and let live” philosophy.
Well, the Human Rights Campaign was quick to issue a statement condemning Carson’s remarks:
“Ben Carson’s hateful comments are out of touch and all candidates should immediately make clear that they disavow his dangerously transphobic views,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Ben Carson can’t go a week without invoking reckless and irresponsible stereotypes about the LGBT community, and his suggestion that transgender people be required to use segregated bathrooms echoes an ugly past our country should never revisit.”
In that same interview, Carson again showed a fundamental misunderstanding of existing non-discrimination laws, saying he opposed “extra rights” for LGBT people. In reality, there are no explicit federal non-discrimination protections for LGBT people, and a majority of states also lack non-discrimination protections.
Watch above, via Fusion.
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