This legislative season has been particularly bad for queer rights with hundreds of anti-LGBT bills being introduced around the country.
On April 13 Republican Rep. Chuck Basye in Missouri proposed the bill that would allow school districts to vote on whether or not to ban trans-student-athletes from youth sports, according to the Advocate. He claims it was to “save women’s sports.”
Rep. Ian Mackey, a gay man, blasted Basye and his GOP colleagues. His passionate speech has since gone viral.
In a video that has been viewed more than 700,000 times on TikTok, Mackey called out Basye, comparing the anti-trans bill to his own experience as a queer student growing up. He even brought up Basye’s own gay brother.
“Your brother wanted to tell you he was gay, didn’t he?” Mackey asked Basye.
Basye said he did and his brother thought their family would hold it against him.
“Why would he think that?” Mackey asked, to which Basye didn’t know the answer.
“I would have been afraid to tell you too,” Mackey said. “I would have been afraid to tell you 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 was afraid of people like you growing up.”
Mackey added that he grew up with “nice people” like Basye who voted against Mackey’s and LGBT people’s rights, the Advocate reported. He thanks God for making it out.
“I think every day about the kids who are still there who haven't made out, who haven't escaped from this kind of bigotry. Gentlemen, I'm not afraid of you anymore,” Mackey said. “Because you're gonna lose. You may win this today, but you're going to lose.”
Basye, according to the News-Leader, defended his bill saying: “This isn't about hate, this is about fairness.”
The amendment was approved 89-40 after almost three hours of heated debate.
Other Democrats sided with Mackey.
"We have spent nearly three hours talking about this issue and why?" asked Minority Leader Crystal Quade, according to the News-Leader. "Members on the other side of the aisle have said directly to my face that they spoke on this issue because of their primary elections. Because they need to win elections in a redistricting year."