The transgender activist coalition that was planning its “Trans Day of Vengeance” rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Saturday has canceled its event in the wake of the reaction to the killing of three children and three adults at a Christian school Monday by a transgender shooter.
Just a day after the Trans Radical Activist Network (TRAN) vowed to go ahead with its “vengeance” rally, members released a statement that said its “action will not be taking place Saturday due to a credible threat to life and safety”:
The safety of our trans community is first priority. This threat is the direct result of the flood of raw hatred directed toward the trans community after the Tennessee shooting. Individuals who had nothing to with that heinous act have been subjected to highly serious threats and blamed only because of their gender identity. This is one of the steps in genocide, and we will continue our efforts to protect trans lives.
On Monday, Audrey Hale, a former student at the Christian Covenant School, stormed into the school and killed three nine-year-old children and three adults before she was shot and killed by police.
While police initially described Hale as a teenager and then as a 28-year-old woman, it was later revealed that Hale was transgender.
LGBTQ activists and their allies in government and the media have called for a focus on gun control rather than Hale’s transgender identity. Police confirmed Tuesday that Hale had received treatment for an “emotional disorder.”
— U.S. Department of Education (@usedgov) March 31, 2023
As the Daily Mail reported Wednesday, TRAN appeared to be attempting to raise money for its members’ firearms training. Transgender activists posed with firearms before the “Trans Day of Vengeance” and social media posts appeared to call for violence against Christians.
According to the report:
The protest on Saturday was initially meant to be called a ‘day of visibility’ but rebranded before the shooting to vengeance because it means ‘fighting back with vehemence’ – though the group was quick to say they do not ‘encourage or promote violence’ when contacted by DailyMail.com.
“While we wholeheartedly believe in the mission and message we put forth for trans day of vengeance, we must prioritize the safety of our community and the people that make it up,” TRAN said in its cancellation message. “In an ideal world we would have continued on in defiance of the attempt to silence our right to free expression. However, we lack the resources to ensure the safety of the protest and cannot in good conscience move forward with it. In our continued efforts to preserve trans and non binary life we have notified the appropriate agencies.”
The “Trans Day of Vengeance” was to occur the day before a day LGBTQ activists and their allies refer to as the “Transgender Day of Visibility.”
On Friday, for example, Biden Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona released the following statement on the “Transgender Day of Visibility,” one that embraces the transgender narrative that trans individuals are only victims of bullying and “hostility”:
On Transgender Day of Visibility and every day, we must show transgender students that we see them and that we support them. We know many transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students face challenges that can impact their mental health and their ability to thrive in school—not because of who they are, but because of the hostility directed at them.
On #TransgenderDayofVisibility, and every day, we must show our transgender students that we see them and support them.
I'm working with families, educators, and students to ensure that our schools are welcoming & affirming places to learn. pic.twitter.com/Jb7fOtxRe9
— Secretary Miguel Cardona (@SecCardona) March 31, 2023
“Unfortunately, this hostility is what follows when politicians are among those attempting to bully transgender students and their families, and use state laws to limit who they can be in our school communities,” Cardona said. “It’s unacceptable. It goes against what we stand for as a nation. Schools must be welcoming, affirming, and nurturing places for teaching and learning. The Department of Education will continue working together with parents and families, educators, and students so that we can achieve this goal for every young person.”
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Susan Berry, PhD, is national education editor at The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Transgender Flags” by Wikipedia.