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Dan Savage calls Duggar family hypocrites for anti-trans activism

Dan Savage calls Duggar family hypocrites for anti-trans activism

Columnist and LGBTI activist Dan Savage thinks the Duggar family are hypocrites.

The stars of the TLC reality show 19 Children and Counting have been rocked by scandal after it became public last week that eldest child Josh Duggar had molested five girls when he was a teenager – including two of his sisters.

Savage wasted no time in pointing out that in 2012 family matriarch Michelle Duggar made a Robocall speaking out against legislation in Fayetteville, Arkansas, that would let transgender people use bathrooms based on their gender identity.

Duggar, who at that point had known for nine years that her son had molested his sisters and others, said in part: ‘I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls.’

Appearing on MSNBC’s All in With Chris Hayes over the weekend Savage said religious consevatives ‘want to point a finger at non-family’ when speaking for anti-LGBTI legislation and particularly for anti-trans bathroom bills.

‘… What the Duggars have dug in on is attacking trans people and opposing this LGBT civil rights bill in Fayetteville, where they were out there arguing that the threat to little girls in Fayetteville were transwomen when they knew, when they were covering for someone who had demonstrated, at least at that age, was a threat to little girls himself.’