When a group of protesters gathered in the U.S. Capitol building to demonstrate against perceived election fraud in January 2021, the leftist media and Democratic operatives quickly denounced the incident as an “insurrection” and demanded harsh sentences for those involved.
A protest at the Oklahoma State Capitol this week, however, did not receive the same widespread condemnation — likely because it was staged by a group of transgender activists instead of supporters of former President Donald Trump.
A 100+ trans activists occupied the Oklahoma State Capitol yesterday to push gender mutilation of children and the MSM is calling it a "gathering" and a "peaceful protest."
So can radical protesters now occupy government buildings without being accused of an insurrection?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 7, 2023
The so-called “Trans Lives Matter” demonstration included roughly 150 participants who swarmed the interior of the Capitol building to rail against a pair of proposed state Senate bills that would ban many “gender transition procedures” on children.
A growing number of Republican-led states have pushed for similar restrictions in a bid to protect minors. GOP Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, who previously signed a bill prohibiting transgender females from competing alongside biological females, shared his support for the bills that came under attack on Monday.
“We must protect our most vulnerable—our children,” he asserted. “After all, minors can’t vote, can’t purchase alcohol, can’t purchase cigarettes. We shouldn’t allow a minor to get a permanent gender-altering surgery in Oklahoma.”
In an apparent reference to the activists who have fiercely campaigned against the proposals, Stitt added: “As governor, I will never shy away from calling out right from wrong. I will not be intimidated by partisan interest groups or make decisions based on groupthink.”
Benjamin Patterson, a transgender man who showed up for the protest, called efforts to limit so-called gender-affirming care is tantamount to “active genocide.”
For a growing number of individuals who received such treatment as minors, however, the decision leads to significant regret and potentially permanent negative physical consequences.
One leading voice in this burgeoning movement is Chloe Cole, a young woman who began receiving increasingly invasive gender reassignment treatment at the age of 13.
Last year, she announced a lawsuit against the hospital and other medical facilities that participated in the years-long process.
“As an adult, I will never be able to breast-feed whatever children I will have,” she said. “I don’t even know if, because I was put on puberty blockers and testosterone at only 13 years old, I don’t know if I’ll be able to conceive a child naturally. I made an adult decision as a child.”