threats rooted to a “transgender bathroom bill” proposed last year, a bill Senator Shortey voted to advance.
These stigmatizing bills create fear, bias, and discrimination against the LGBTQ community even when they fail. We find it highly ironic that Senator Shortey voted to advance this legislation out of committee, and less than a year later, he was caught in what appears to be actual predatory behavior toward a vulnerable youth, Freedom Oklahoma said in a press release issued today.
“Freedom Oklahoma commends the Senate for taking swift action in sanctioning Senator Shortey in this matter and will closely follow the investigation when and if charges are filed by the Cleveland County District Attorney,” said Freedom Oklahoma executive director, Troy Stevenson. “We hope Senator Shortey’s hypocrisy will show Oklahoma Lawmakers the bias caused by ill-conceived and discriminatory legislation, and that they will refrain from passing or proposing laws that put the LGBTQ community in jeopardy.”