Tuesday, December 6

Ohio Sen. candidate J.D. Vance tries—and FAILS—to troll LGBTQ+ community

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In his election bid to represent Ohio in the United States Senate, J.D. Vance is embracing the playbook of taking swipes at the LGBTQ+ community in order to appeal to a Republican base.

In his latest attempt, Vance—a venture capitalist and author of Hillbilly Elegy—retweeted a message of trans support from U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, adding his own belittling commentary. Rather than looking up the descriptor “two-spirit,” Vance tweeted that it was an invented identity.

The term “two-spirit” has been used for decades and refers to a person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit, and is used by some Indigenous people to describe their sexual, gender and/or spiritual identity.

The Twitter community was quick to blast Vance:

Vance is far from alone in this anti-LGBTQ+ strategy. Josh Mandel, also vying for the Republican nomination for the Ohio Senate seat, regularly tweets transphobic sentiments. 🔥

Ignite Action:

  • Learn more about the two-spirit community. A great place to start is this documentary by Cincinnati news anchor Megan Mitchell:

About Author

Ken Schneck is the Editor of The Buckeye Flame. He received the 2021 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBTQ Journalist of the Year from the NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists. He is the author of "Seriously, What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew" (2017), "LGBTQ Cleveland" (2018), "LGBTQ Columbus" (2019), and "LGBTQ Cincinnati" (2020). In his spare time, he is a professor of education at Baldwin Wallace University.

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