CAUGHT ON HOT-MIC, TEXAS LAWMAKER CALLS TRANSGENDER MAN TESTIFYING BEFORE HER A “PERVERT”

LGBT advocates say a Republican state senator in Texas was caught on a hot mic calling a transgender man a “pervert” during a hearing on Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s anti-trans bathroom bill last week.

Sen. Joan Huffman, who chairs the State Affairs Committee, allegedly made the remark Tuesday in response to testimony from Colt Keo-Meier, a clinical psychologist who runs the Transgender Health Lab at the University of Houston. Keo-Meier was one of hundreds of witnesses who testified against Senate Bill 6.

A Democratic state senator asked Keo-Meier how he felt about comparisons between trans people and “perverts” made by some supporters of SB 6.

“You know, as a person of God, I have to say, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,'” Keo-Meier responded. “To tell someone that they are a pervert for telling you the truth about their life. Who’s the perverted one in that case?”

“You are the pervert,” Huffman allegedly muttered under her breath in response to Keo-Meier.

Huffman, who voted in favor of the bill, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

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