conservatives target slayer’s gender identity

conservatives target slayer’s gender identity

If the details around the massacre of Nashville (Tennessee), Monday, March 27, are emerging, it already appears unique in several aspects: the age of the victims (three of the six dead are 9 years old), the place (a private Christian school, while public establishments are most often targeted), but also the profile of the alleged killer.

Former student of the institution, Audrey Hale, 28, is transgender, according to the Nashville police. Born a woman, she had listed the male pronouns “he / him” on her social networks, a common practice across the Atlantic to display her gender identity. A relative of the family confirmed anonymously to the news site The Daily Beast that Audrey Hale had “recently announced” that she was transgender. And an hour before the shooting, she sent a signed message « Aiden/Audrey »(male and female first names, editor’s note) to a friend. So far, however, the authorities, her mother and the American media continue to present her as a woman. A discrepancy that underlines the uniqueness of the case.

What is the link between the suspect’s sexual identity and her action?

Nashville police have so far refrained from linking the suspect’s sexual identity to her action. The authorities have “the feeling that she identifies as trans, but we are still in the initial stage of the investigation, and are looking to determine if this played a role in the incident», Nashville Police Chief John Drake said. “We believe that there was a certain resentment linked to having to attend this school », he continued.

The tragedy comes as the rights of the transgender community fuel political debates in the United States. Several Republican-governed US states have passed laws restricting access to so-called “gender affirming” care, provided to gender nonconforming people (who do not identify as “male” or “female”). ”), or prevent college athletes from competing against athletes who do not share their biological sex.

The term “transgender” on Fox News

Despite the caution displayed by the Nashville police, several conservative personalities and media seized on the identity of the suspect. Right-wing media outlets, such as the New York Post and Fox News, highlighted the qualifier “transgender” in their headlines, while elected officials and editorial writers suggested that treatments for trans people could be involved. «How much of hormones like testosterone and mental health drugs was the trans Nashville shooting author taking? Everyone can stop criticizing guns now,” wrote Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene on Twitter. Without advancing evidence that the killer resorted to this kind of care.

Statements that obscure the fact that transgender and “non-binary” individuals are more likely to be victims of crime than perpetrators. According to Human Rights Campaign (HRC), an association for the defense of their rights, ” at least » 38 LGBTQ people (lesbian, gay, bi and trans, queer) were killed in 2022.


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