What You Need To Know:

Mark Robinson, the first African American lieutenant governor of North Carolina, has said he will not resign or back down over remarks in which he called transgenderism and homosexuality “filth.” He first made the remarks at Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove, North Carolina in June.

Robinson faced immediate bipartisan condemnation extending all the way to the White House with many representatives calling for Robinson to quit. But Robinson took to social media to explain his stance.

“There’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth. And yes, I called it filth, and if you don’t like that I called it filth, come see me and I’ll explain it to you.”

Robinson went on to say how school systems are indoctrinating youth by teaching them freedom of self-expression. In the same breath, however, he said freedom of expression is an American right and he’s an elected official for all Americans. 

North Carolina is the same state which signed the infamous “bathroom bill” regarding the use of public and school restrooms by transgender people. The law led to legal battles at all levels and even boycotts but was eventually rolled back by Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat.

Why You Need to Know:
Robinson is a homophobe that used a scare tactic that conflates education about gender and sexuality as “sexually explicit ” He then used children as the lynchpin behind his argument to tug at our heartstrings but he’s incorrect. Sexuality is not “sexual” despite the strikingly similar etymology. Sexuality is a component of identity that informs how much we accept ourselves and other people’s bodies. Our children need to be taught that it’s okay to accept themselves and others no matter who they choose to love. Besides, heteronormative sex education is already taught in schools.