North Carolina’s Lt. Governor Dan Forest (pictured at left) has never made much of a secret about his extreme positions on the issues of the day. You can click here for a partial summary. Forest’s latest statements in defense of North Carolina’s all-purpose LGBT discrimination law, House Bill 2, however, take things to a new low. This is from a story by reporter Amy Fuhrman of the Statesville Free News on Forest’s appearance yesterday at an event sponsored by the National Federation of Independent Businesses:
“Providing exceptions for transgender people creates a situation that could be dangerous for women and children, Forest claimed.
‘Transgenderism is a feeling … it could be a feeling just for the day,’ Forest said in explaining the fear of HB2 supporters that any man could claim to be transgender, thus ‘creating the potential for someone with nefarious purposes walking into a girls’ locker room.’
Throughout his talk, Forest invited attendees several times to fact check his statements.
Doing so did not support his claim that identifying as transgender is a ‘feeling.’ Instead, the American Psychological Association defines transgender as ‘an umbrella term for persons whose gender identity, gender expression or behavior does not conform to that typically associated with the sex to which they were assigned at birth.’
The APA goes on to discuss the complicated factors involved in a person who identifies as transgender. ‘The diversity of transgender expression and experiences argues against any simple or unitary explanation,’ according to the APA. ‘Many experts believe that biological factors such as genetic influences and prenatal hormone levels, early experiences, and experiences later in adolescence or adulthood may all contribute to the development of transgender identities.'”
Forest went on to make some other absurd comments about the Charlotte ordinance that gave rise to HB2, that Fuhrman also fact-checked: Read more