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Nutjob preacher Scott Lively blames gays for Trump election loss / Queerty

Nutjob preacher Scott Lively blames gays for Trump election loss

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Noted far-right homophobe and preacher Scott Lively has taken to the airwaves to reveal what he considers the reason for Donald Trump‘s re-election loss. In a new radio message, Lively claims God punished Trump with election loss for being too kind to LGBTQ people.

Sure, Jan.

“Trump fully endorsed and backed and applauded [Richard] Grenell [who] was an outspoken advocate for the central doctrine of the progressive movement, which is queer theory,” Lively said on the January 24 episode of the internet radio show Swamp Rangers.

In his remarks, Lively referred to Richard Grenell, the openly gay man Trump appointed as ambassador to Germany. Grenell also served as acting Direction of National Intelligence, though he was never confirmed to the position. Throughout his tenure, Grenell defended Trump as a champion of LGBTQ causes, despite a number of policies and judicial appointments hostile to queer rights.

Related: Scott Lively Thinks Obama Supports LGBT Issues Because He “May Be” Gay

“He defied God on a fundamental tenet of the Bible and never repented of it,” Lively added. “If Donald Trump was, as I believe, God’s man in the White House for four years, why did God not preserve it? Because if God had given him favor, nothing that mankind could have done could have removed him from that office. And yet the one thing that he did during that time that would virtually guarantee God’s favor being removed was to put his own personal stamp of approval on behavior that God condemns in the harshest possible terms in the Bible, which is specifically male homosexuality.”

Contrary to Lively’s remarks, Donald Trump ranks as the most anti-LGBTQ president in American history. He chose Mike Pence–an ardent defender of conversion therapy–as his Vice President, appointed a number of judges hostile to LGBTQ people to key positions, refused to let American embassies fly the Pride flag during the month of June, and banned transgender people from serving in the military.

Scott Lively, for his part, has also made a career out of attacking LGBTQ people, having promoted conversion therapy, pushed so-called “kill the gays” laws in African nations, and claimed a secret gay cabal was behind the rise of Nazism in Germany. He currently serves as the President of the anti-gay Abiding Truth Ministries, an organization deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

New Study Looks at Experience of Pregnancy Loss Among Trans/Masculine and Nonbinary People

New Study Looks at Experience of Pregnancy Loss Among Trans/Masculine

A new, peer-reviewed study looks at the experiences of trans/masculine and nonbinary people who were gestating but experienced pregnancy loss.

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Men, trans/masculine, and non-binary people’s experiences of pregnancy loss: an international qualitative study,” by Damien W. Riggs, Ruth Pearce, Carla A. Pfeffer, Sally Hines, Francis Ray White, and Elisabetta Ruspini, was published Monday in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, and is the first empirical paper to come out of the broader Leeds University project, “Trans Pregnancy: An International Exploration of Transmasculine Practices and Experiences of Reproduction,” according to a tweet by Riggs. Although growing numbers of men, trans/masculine, and nonbinary people are becoming gestational parents, the researchers say, “very little is known about experiences of pregnancy loss among this diverse population.”

For their study, the researchers recruited a convenience sample of 16 participants, ages 23 to 49, who had experienced a pregnancy loss. Six of the participants had experienced more than one; 15 had experienced a live birth either prior to or following a pregnancy loss. The researchers then conducted interviews averaging 100 minutes, asking a general question about experiences of undertaking a pregnancy and specific follow-up questions about pregnancy loss.

While the experiences of the participants bore some similarities to those of cisgender men and women who had experienced pregnancy loss, there were also some points of difference, the study found, including “the importance of inclusive healthcare (i.e., asking about pronouns, refusing to accept misgendering within healthcare systems), the specific meanings that trans/masculine and non-binary people may bring to the experience of pregnancy loss (i.e., in regards to concerns about testosterone and pregnancy), and the ways in which marginalisation may negatively impact on available support (i.e., in terms of unsupportive family members).”

Another distinctive finding was that participants “spoke about pregnancy loss as distressing, but also as a sign that their bodies were working.” While some participants had been concerned that previous hormone prescriptions might have meant they would not be able to conceive, these concerns “were to a degree allayed by eventually becoming pregnant, even if for some it ended in a pregnancy loss.” Therefore, the researchers suggest:

Clinicians will best meet the needs of trans/masculine and non-binary people who have experienced a pregnancy loss by focusing on the emotions attached both to the loss and to the possible desire to attempt another pregnancy, rather than focusing on pregnancy loss as a means to infer that trans/masculine, non-binary and men’s bodies should not be pregnant.

To many of us who know trans/masculine and nonbinary people who have been pregnant, that may seem obvious—but as with much of the research about LGBTQ parents and youth, sometimes it’s useful to have research to support the obvious. It can help guide clinical practice, among other things. The researchers advise, for example, that hospital staff and those providing grief counselling for pregnancy loss should receive training specific to this population:

This should include a focus on the importance of asking about pronouns, advocating for system change in terms of ensuring that names, pronouns and gender can be correctly recorded, and ensuring that medical experiences following a pregnancy loss do not further compound the potential grief experienced by men, trans/masculine, and non-binary people and their partners.

This paper feels like a good step towards helping people of all genders get the reproductive care that they need. The full paper is available free online.

Bonus note: Cited in the paper is Christa Craven’s Reproductive Losses: Challenges to LGBTQ Family-Making (Routledge, 2019), which takes a wider look at gestational or adoption loss across the LGBTQ spectrum. I reviewed it here.

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