Statement on Scott Jensen’s Recent Remarks Stigmatizing Transgender Students
“It is shocking, and frankly, appalling, to see someone seeking the highest office in our state openly discriminate against and bully children.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2022
Erin Hart, Communications Director
Megan Peterson, Executive Director of Gender Justice, made the following statement following Scott Jensen’s remarks about Minnesota students.
“Gender Justice Action strongly condemns Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen’s recent attacks on Minnesota students. At a gathering earlier this week, Jensen outrageously spread deliberate misinformation meant to target and dehumanize transgender and non-binary students, who make up at least 7% of the Minnesota student population. This cannot stand.
It is shocking, and frankly, appalling, to see someone seeking the highest office in our state openly discriminate against and bully children. We will not stand for such violent words against our Minnesota children. This harmful rhetoric stems from an anti-LGBTQ messaging campaign that is working to undo anti-discrimination policies in schools, censor and surveil teachers, and limit the depth and breadth of education curriculum. With Scott Jensen at the helm of our state government, who would be his next target for discrimination? The answer is: any of us.
This messaging campaign has accompanied a tidal wave of anti-trans bills being introduced across the country and is part of a purposeful, coordinated effort to undermine faith in – and ultimately defund – public education.
This election, voters have the opportunity to elect leaders who will make Minnesota better for everyone: a Minnesota where everyone can thrive, regardless of their gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation. Scott Jensen’s Minnesota is vastly different from this vision.”
Gender Justice Action is the 501(c)4 political arm of Gender Justice.