By Jonathon Van Maren
One of my more unpopular observations is that despite progressives claiming the mantle of diversity and inclusion and conservatives being typecast as bigots, the majority of those who hold socially conservative views are actually non-white (and often immigrants.) This is true in Canada, it is increasingly true in the United States, and in the U.K., the Church of England is attempting to find creative ways to affirm transgenderism while imams demand that public schools stop indoctrinating their children on LGBT issues.
Thus, one of the ironies of identity politics is that LGBT activists and socially conservative minorities often vote for the same politicians in weird coalitions of inconvenience (which, as I noted in The American Conservative last week, could easily collapse if an economically liberal and socially conservative option presented itself.) Progressives who call social conservatives bigots seem unaware that the same accusation applies to their own immigrant voters, who for religious, cultural, or common sense reasons have not followed their largely white counterparts down the rabbit-hole.
The clash between the growing intolerance of the LGBT movement and immigrants was encapsulated this week by a bizarre story in the Daily Mail about a vicious assault by a “gang of drunken transgender women who stamped on a teenager outside a Tube station.” The victim of the attack, a 19-year-old named Al Shaheeb, had apparently gotten into a verbal altercation in the early morning hours of June 24, 2018 with three people (the aforementioned “gang of drunken transgender women”). He pointed out to one of them that “You’re not a woman – you need a fanny to be a woman.” In other words, the teen pointed out that the males dressed as women actually have no female genitalia.