‘Misgendering is an aggressive act’; Reaction to Congressman Banks’ suspended Twitter account
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - People in Fort Wayne are reacting to Twitter’s recent suspension of Indiana Congressman Jim Banks’ account.
The official Twitter account of Rep. Jim Banks was frozen on Saturday after Twitter flagged a recent post as violating its terms of service.
The social media giant took issue with a remark related to the recent elevation of Dr. Rachel Levine to a four-star admiral position.
Levine is transgender.
Following her swearing in, Banks posted: “The Title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man.”
Rachel Hile with the Allen County Stonewall Democrats says she’s sadden by her state representative.
“Misgendering is an aggressive act to a subgroup of people,” Hile said. “It makes me feel sad that the way he represents me, when he tries so hard to hurt people that I love.”
Hile says their group advocates for political representation for the LGBTQ+ community in Allen County.
“He made it really clear that he doesn’t care about a significant portion of his constituents,” Hile said.
Allen County Republican Party Chair Steve Shine says he disagrees with the Twitter suspension.
“The better title would be that, she or he, is the first transgender individual to ascend to that capacity,” Shine said.
He says there was nothing wrong with Banks’ tweet.
“Nothing against transgender choices, that’s someone’s choice and I respect that,” Shine said. “But I cannot go along with the fact that someone is becoming the first man or woman of something because they changed their gender to that.”
Fort Wayne’s NBC reporter Karli VanCleave asked Allen County Democratic Party Chair Derek Camp what he thought of Shine’s reaction.
“Everything that the trans community has to go through; the hate, the vitriol, no one in any mind is going to go through that just to be the first at something,” Shine said. “The fact that Chairman Shine is saying that, is ridiculous.”
Camp says to misgender someone on purpose is hurtful to the LGBTQ+ community.
“To completely misgender on purpose is a blatant insult to so many constituents in the LGBTQ community,” he said.
Fort Wayne’s NBC has reached out to a spokesperson for Congressman Jim Banks but they referred to a tweet on his personal account stating his previous tweet was a statement of fact.
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