Missouri State Representative Ian Mackey, a Democrat, has gone viral for his defence of transgender young people during the debate on whether to allow transgender girls to compete on all-girls sports teams.

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Under the amendment to an elections bill, local school boards would be allowed to call local elections to decide whether transgender girls are allowed to compete in K-12 girls’ sports teams.

Mackey: This is What Consumes Your Time

Talking to the amendment’s sponsor, Representative Chuck Bayse, a Republican, Mackey even brought up Bayse’s own gay brother to make his point. 

“Your brother wanted to tell you he was gay, didn’t he?” Mackey asked.

Bringing up the fact that Bayse’s brother was afraid to come out to him, Mackey said “If I were your brother, I would have been afraid to tell you too. I would have been afraid to tell you too because of stuff like this – because this is what you’re focused on.

“This is the legislation you want to put forward. This is what consumes your time. I would have been afraid to tell you too.”

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Mackey continued, “I was afraid of people like you growing up. I  grew up in a school district that would vote tomorrow to put this (anti-trans legislation) in place.” 

“And for 18 years, I walked around with nice people like you, who took me to ball games, and who went to the ballot and voted for crap like this. 

“And I couldn’t wait to get out. I couldn’t wait to move to a part of our state that would reject this stuff in a minute. 

“Thank God I made it out. I think every day of the kids who are still there who haven’t made it out, who haven’t escaped from this kind of bigotry.”

“Gentlemen, I’m not afraid of you anymore because you’re going to lose.

“You may win this today, but you’re going to lose.”

According to Bayse, the amendment was introduced to “protect women’s sports,” which has become a talking point for transphobes recently. 

Despite Mackey’s passionate viral speech, the amendment passed 89-40.

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