Controversial far-right Colorado Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert is in the hot seat again. Boebert is being called a hypocrite for claiming victims and families of the Colorado Springs shooting were in her prayers.
The shooting in Colorado happened at an LGBTQ club. Boebert has made many anti-LGBTQ statements in the past. The congresswoman is being called a hypocrite for offering prayers to people she has been outspoken against for years.
The shooting at the LGBTQ+ club that left five dead took place on the eve of the Transgender Day of Remembrance.
ACLU-Colorado’s senior policy strategist and trans activist Anaya Robinson called Boebert’s condolences “disingenuous”, and blamed incendiary comments about the community for such tragedies.
Experts and LGBTQ advocates have said certain language and statements perpetuate violence and hatred.
Boebert has been outspoken about her stance against same-sex marriage, which the Supreme Court ruled a constitutional right in the landmark 2015 case, Obergefell v Hodges.
On her official government website, Boebert says that she opposes “efforts to redefine marriage as anything other than the union of one man and one woman”.
Boebert has also taken aim at drag shows, which have become a focus of bigoted far-right conspiracy theories and a target for violence and protests in the United States over the past few months.
On Twitter, she once wrote: “ Take your children to CHURCH, not drag bars.”
Boebert narrowly won her re-election in the midterms. She has been in office since 2021.
In her short time in congress, Boebert has had a history of pushing anti-LGBTQ policies in legislation. /
In 2021, Boebert introduced a bill to block funding for research into gender-affirming treatments for transgender youth. Boebert called the research “evil” and spread conspiracy-based misinformation about the National Institute of Health (NIH), which she called the “National Institute of Horrors”.
On social media, Boebert aims to shock – equating gender-affirming treatment and surgeries to “child grooming”. It’s a comparison that experts say is extremely dangerous.