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Noem Pushes Transgender Advocates Away from South Dakota

The Advocate has named two “Champions of Pride” representing South Dakotans fighting for the right to love differently and be different. Alas, one has already left South Dakota:

“To put it simply, being LGBTQ+ In South Dakota sucks,” Elliot Vogue said.

The 18-year-old Vogue is transgender and spent most of his high school years fighting against anti-LGBTQ legislation in Pierre.

…For Vogue, who now lives in Iowa, it’s hard to find a place to live that isn’t attacking transgender youth.

“I don’t know where I see myself ending up honestly. It seems like everywhere is trying to drive trans people out,” Vogue said [Jazzmine Jackson, “Teen Activists Fight for LGBTQ Equality in South Dakota,” KELO-TV, 2022.06.10].

…and the other is strongly inclined to follow:

Like Vogue, Alex said the anti-LGBTQ sentiments and legislation make him want to leave South Dakota to find a place that is more welcoming and safer.

“I want to call South Dakota home, I really do,” Alex said. “But every time I talk about it, I mostly just go into how much it sucks. Because, in full honesty besides like the Transformation Project and a couple other LGBTQ things, there’s no redeeming qualities at this point” [Jackson, 2022.06.10].

Kristi Noem’s anti-change rhetoric is working. Her hostility and bullying are driving away those who do not conform to her and her party’s Whitopian norms.

18 Comments

  1. larry kurtz 2022-06-11 08:21

    So, what’s not to like about six (seven? eight?) month winters, rampant racism, chilling effects on civil rights, an extremist legislature, living in a chemical toilet, sacrifice zone, perpetual welfare state and permanent disaster area?

  2. mike from iowa 2022-06-11 08:40

    Noem Nothing acts as if transgenderism is more contagious than Covid ever dreamed of being. What a complete dumbass she is!

    BTW, if memory serves, Miss Juanita Jean, herownself, is a regular contributor to the “Advocate”.

  3. mike from iowa 2022-06-11 09:10

    Perfect words for Noem Nothing to live with…..Just this-
    CRIME AND JUSTICE
    MAY 25, 2022
    Beto O’Rourke Was Right
    More people should tell their governors that they’re useless to their face.

  4. Donald Pay 2022-06-11 09:49

    South Dakota as a whole is always about 10-30 years behind other states in almost all things. I think in a decade or two, South Dakota will catch up. When my cohort of friends were teens in Sioux Falls, we wanted the state line to be moved 30 miles west, so we would be Minnesotans. We thought Minnesota was cool. None of us were LGBTQ+, but it was just a place that seemed more accepting of the youth culture of the 60s. As you get older you realize wherever you live, you find your own niche of friends who accept you, and the other people can go eff themselves.

  5. P. Aitch 2022-06-11 10:06

    Mr. Pay is essential to the thinking of Cory’s blog, it seems.
    SD is perpetually on the wrong side of history.

  6. Mark Anderson 2022-06-11 18:34

    The deep sheet Republicans have decided that trans are fair game because they have no power. It would be Jews but it’s too Hitler like. Anything that they perceive to be at all unpopular is to be attacked. It’s a cycle and their voters are really shall we say misinformed. No wonder people in red states are dying at a much higher rate than blue states.

  7. Arlo Blundt 2022-06-11 20:22

    The way is clear for Kristi!!! The Republican Party is prepared to ignore all of Trump’s felonies, sedition, and fraud and nominate him again for President. Who in the Party would be willing, after Pence’s close escape from a Trump lynching, would be willing to take Trump’s Vice Presidential nomination??? Can think of a few (Gomer, Abbott, DiSantos, Johnson) but only Mrs. Noem has the photogenic looks, philosophical vacuum, and hand waving religiousity to fill the bill. The way is clear for Kristi!!!

  8. P. Aitch 2022-06-11 20:36

    Mr. Anderson, who lives in Florida, has a concise impression of the bullies within the “deep sheet Republicans” in SD.

    And I’m proud as can be of the young people who are retaliating against bullying on the “deep sheet Republican” cyber platform (*see post about hacked convention reservations) which appears to be as vulnerable as a farmer’s gas tank and deep freezer on any given Sunday morning.

    When you bully minority groups, trans especially, you’ve challenged the wrong group, Mr. Lederman and Governor Noem. You don’t get just one crop top. You’ve challenged the whole closet.

    Just wait ‘n watch. This won’t end well for you!

  9. Mark Geary 2022-06-12 15:26

    My trans kiddo is also leaving the state, headed to UCLA. They got a academic achievement award from Noem at a ceremony designed to encourage the top 1% of academic achievers to stay instate, but the actions of Noem seem designed to push away the 5% of kids who are likely to be trans.

  10. Arlo Blundt 2022-06-12 17:04

    Mark..I’m saddened to hear of your trans…50 years ago I worked on the adolescent unit of Yankton State Hospital and occasionally a trans kid would end up with us. Their parents would try to admit them but the Psychologist who ran the place was very reluctant to have them admitted. The parents would then go to the local judge and have them committed. We’d take them on the Unit to get them off the adult units and grounds. We’d have them for about a month, to satisfy the judge, and discharge them with “an adverse reaction to adolescence diagnosis” meaning they might be angry and frustrated with how they had been treated. The Psychiatric Nurse would also provide this kind advice “Be patient with others when you move home and when you turn 18, find a way to move out to the San Francisco area. ” The Governor is still there. 50 years behind the times, at the minimum.

  11. Arlo Blundt 2022-06-12 17:06

    Mark..I’m saddened to hear of your trans…50 years ago I worked on the adolescent unit of Yankton State Hospital and occasionally a trans kid would end up with us. Their parents would try to admit them but the Psychologist who ran the place was very reluctant to have them admitted. The parents would then go to the local judge and have them committed. We’d take them on the Unit to get them off the adult units and grounds. We’d have them for about a month, to satisfy the judge, and discharge them with “an adverse reaction to adolescence diagnosis” meaning they might be angry and frustrated with how they had been treated or no diagnosis at all. The Psychiatric Nurse would also provide this kind advice “Be patient with others when you move home and when you turn 18, find a way to move out to the San Francisco area. ” The Governor is still there. 50 years behind the times, at the minimum.

  12. Arlo Blundt 2022-06-12 17:10

    sorry I double clicked..my goof

  13. mike from iowa 2022-06-12 17:32

    Do you suppose magats will go back to separate but equal schools for Blacks and wasicus so wasicus don’t get their butts kicked in all sports by superior Black athletes?

  14. larry kurtz 2022-06-12 17:34

    About 1 in a 1000 babies is born with ambiguous genitalia or intersex characteristics but no serious discussion of issues associated with gender identity can be undertaken without the studying the effects of phthalates and other plasticizers on human genetics.

  15. CK 2022-06-13 11:40

    Well since Boys State 2022 tried to pass a law banning LQBTQ from the state…Are we really surprised?

    Most of my LQBTQ friends from college at SDSU have moved out of state. It is sad. They are beautiful, brilliant, and vibrant people that could do so much for our communities, but leave because there is nothing here for them. It’s not right, and I wish SD was a safer, m0ore welcoming place.

  16. Mark Anderson 2022-06-13 18:27

    You know P. Aitch, when I discuss politics with someone only familiar with South Dakota recently and I tell them when I was in college in South Dakota it had the two most liberal Senators in the entire country they are flabbergasted. I went to the liberal USD and became a sculptor moved out of state. Carol Hepper who I knew and had to my school and cast work for went to SDSU and learned about Joseph Bueys well before me. She was gay and moved to New York City. A better choice by far. It’s sad that if you were liberal you got the shell out.

  17. Mark Anderson 2022-06-13 18:29

    Beuys, I should check my spelling before I send it in.

  18. All Mammal 2022-06-15 02:47

    Mr. Geary- Some of us in South Dakota envy California for gaining our most valuable resources, such as your kiddo. Your grad is too hard-working+smart=too good for SD. I hope we earn their return someday.

    Mr. Blundt points out how San Francisco has flamboyantly flourished with our state’s emigrants. My homegirl just got back from visiting there and was abuzz about the art, the culture, the fashion, the fun, the innovation, and love. Our loss is their gain. Noem’s forced diaspora costs us exceptionality we cannot afford to keep hemorrhaging. Homosexual and transexual kids are not depressed people. They’re called gay because it means colorful! Ever go to a PRIDE parade? They are thrilled! Absolutely fabulous! And we are all poorer and live greyer lives without a balanced community. Wish we were gayer(:

    And heed P. Aitch’s wise words. The LGBTQ community and us advocates are not the group to be trifled with. I have seen a pack of skin heads RUN from a few queers. I saw my friend grab one of the fascists by the arm and spin/yank/whip the guy down to the ground. All while he stood wearing flip flops! Then he went right back to braiding my hair.
    When the kids have each other’s backs and are accepted by their community, they are an amazing force.

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