International Affairs Canada, the Canadian overseas workplace, issued a journey warning final month, suggesting that ‘LGBTQ+ travellers’ suppose twice about heading south throughout the border to the land of the free. ‘Some [US] states have enacted legal guidelines and insurance policies which will have an effect on 2SLGBTQI+ individuals’, the discover reads. ‘Verify related state and native legal guidelines’, it advises, though no particular state legal guidelines or insurance policies are talked about.

In reality, there are not any anti-gay legal guidelines in the USA. Quite the opposite, there are quite a few legal guidelines defending folks from discrimination based mostly on sexual orientation, for instance, within the office. A big majority of Individuals help same-sex marriage, together with conservatives and Republicans. Satisfaction is widely known seemingly all yr spherical, with no disruptions. I discover it tough to consider that, these days, homosexual and lesbian folks would actually need to suppose twice about visiting the US. So what’s the Canadian authorities’s warning actually about?

Additional clarification from Jérémie Bérubé, a spokesman for International Affairs Canada, will get us just a little nearer to the reality. ‘Sure states within the US have handed legal guidelines banning drag reveals and proscribing the transgender group from entry to gender-affirming care and from participation in sporting occasions’, he says.

The previous alphabet trick strikes once more! Right here we see how lumping T along with LGB permits the woke ideologues of the Canadian authorities to border affordable considerations about, as an illustration, minors accessing puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and ‘intercourse change’ surgical procedures as an assault on a marginalised inhabitants – particularly, the alphabet folks, or the ever-expanding ‘2SLGBTQI+’ group.

In truth, homosexual rights have little in widespread with what at the moment are referred to as ‘trans rights’. The entire level of homosexuality is that you’re interested in the identical intercourse. You needn’t change a factor about your physique. In contrast, figuring out as trans calls for you not solely change your physique, but additionally that you simply declare to be a completely completely different particular person – that you simply undertake a unique title, completely different intercourse, completely different pronouns. You need to remake your self to be your self. You’re even anticipated to lie about your previous. A person born male however now figuring out as feminine, we are sometimes instructed, was ‘at all times a woman’, simply trapped within the ‘flawed physique’.

The gay-rights motion requested the world to simply accept folks as they’re. Right now’s trans-rights activists inform us we should settle for folks as they aren’t. And so a person generally is a lesbian, regardless of having a penis and heterosexual inclinations. A woman generally is a boy, regardless of her feminine biology and chromosomes. A father can turn into a mom, regardless of his incapability to present start. This contemporary model of ‘acceptance’ calls for that we settle for the unattainable. Any pushback in opposition to this will get framed as an assault on the human rights of ‘LGBTQ+’ folks.

The US-based Human Rights Marketing campaign (HRC) claims, in hyperbolic vogue, that ‘extremist lawmakers in state homes throughout the nation proceed advancing a record-breaking variety of anti-LGBTQ+ payments in state legislatures’. The HRC tallies 520 items of laws launched this yr in America that ‘restrict’ the rights of ‘LGBTQ+’ folks or ‘erase’ them totally. Nonetheless, because the HRC’s personal press launch makes clear, all of those supposedly ‘anti-LGBTQ+’ payments are to do with issues just like the medical transitioning of youngsters, defending ladies and women’ sports activities, and preserving males from accessing bogs and altering rooms designated for females. In different phrases, these ‘extremist’ legal guidelines are aimed toward safeguarding youngsters and defending ladies and women from male predators. They’ve exactly nothing to do with the rights of homosexual or lesbian folks.

Those that declare that legal guidelines defending youngsters and girls’s sex-based rights are ‘extremist’ and that ‘LGBTQ+’ folks could face ‘discrimination’ in sure American states actually do insist that preserving males out of girls’s altering rooms is hateful. They consider there’s a human proper to assert to be the other intercourse. They suppose minors must be allowed to cut off their physique components and take dangerous medicine that stop them from creating correctly, with no questions requested. They’re the true extremists right here. However by lumping within the T with the LGB, the trans foyer is ready to disguise its true intentions. It’s this sleight of hand that has enabled the trans-activist Canadian authorities’s absurd fear-mongering marketing campaign over what are some clearly smart US legal guidelines.

Whether it is of any consolation, the reality is that everybody is ‘secure’ to journey to the USA – whether or not you’re LGB or certainly T or every other letter of the alphabet. However whereas there, it’s possible you’ll discover some Individuals don’t subscribe to the identical faith as you. Some folks in some states won’t view your penis as feminine, and a few would possibly decline to name you ‘they / them’. It’s okay. You’ll stay. Hopefully, sooner or later, in actuality – with the remainder of us.

Meghan Murphy is a Canadian author exiled in Mexico. Observe her writing and podcast on Substack.

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