BY: Adrian Horton
The Last Week Tonight host looks at the extraordinary legal attack on trans rights in the US and conservative disinformation around gender-affirming care.
John Oliver looked into the extraordinary legal attack on transgender rights in the US on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, and particularly at deliberate disinformation around gender-affirming care. Since Oliver first covered the topic of trans rights seven years ago, “more people do seem comfortable coming out as trans and gender non-conforming, which is great,” he said. “But as you have undoubtedly noticed, in the past few years, some on the right have truly lost their minds about trans rights.”
There are the bad “jokes” – such as conservatives claiming their pronouns are “patriot” or “asskicker” – and, more concerning, over 100 anti-trans bills introduced in state houses this year. “Frustratingly, there are many on the left who seem at best, reluctant to engage on this issue,” said Oliver. “And at worst, outright hostile to it, either complaining about pronoun police or arguing that this issue will cost Democrats elections.”
Oliver pointed to former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg, who in a recent talk said an emphasis on trans rights wasn’t a “winning formula” for elections.