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Secretary of Interior applauds International Transgender Day of Visibility

The newly confirmed Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland has issued a statement about International Transgender Day of Visibility, in which she said violence and discrimination against transgender people is an “epidemic”:

“There is nothing more powerful in this world than the act of living openly, authentically, and safely. On this Trans Day of Visibility, we recognize the hard-fought victories won by and for the transgender community, honor the transgender loved ones we’ve lost along the way, and recommit to the struggle for full equality. Transgender people continue to face an unacceptable epidemic of violence and harmful discrimination in access to health care, employment, and housing. Trans people are our neighbors, our family, our friends, and our colleagues, and they deserve to live with dignity and to be treated fairly in every part of life. Today, and every day, we stand in solidarity with the transgender community as we both celebrate our progress and continue our long march toward liberation, peace, and equality.”

Haaland was confirmed as the first Native American to head the agency, a vote in Senate that won approval from both of Alaska’s senators, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan.

Sen. John Barasso of Wyoming warned that Haaland represented extreme views regarding climate change, the Green New Deal, and oil and gas development, including the Keystone Pipeline, which was canceled by the Biden Administration.

Haaland’s answers during confirmation hearings, he said, were vague, and had a lack of substance which led him to vote no on her confirmation.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • So if I wear a skirt and a cute halter top with falsies underneath I can run my boat through the Yukon-Charlie without harassment from the feds.

  • Have we not better tasks at hand?
    She did this on tax payers time?
    Truly banal.

  • Great, a Woke Dope without a clue, undermining Alaska based on political correctness instead of facts. And our senators voted for her. We are screwed.

  • Did anyone bother to ask Haaland what, exactly, this has to do with managing lands? Anyone?

  • Just remember “Dan the useless Man” voted to confirm her.
    Let’s get rid of Lisa then Dan. It turns my gut I voted for him.

  • Really Dan, You had to vote for that?
    I’m speechless.
    I think a vote not to confirm would have shown good judgment, leadership and been worth the fight. But in your letter explaining your reasons behind confirmation, you seemed to have rationalized away the irrational. The old saying “Birds of a feather flock together” still rings true. I would not want that confirmation on my record. C’mon Man!

  • Exactly WHO decides that there is now an international transgender day? This is the first time I ever heard of this day.

  • I agree vote out Dan too!
    Plus next election let’s vote, kick Lisa to the curb

  • Too weird to contemplate, coming from a Sec. of Interior, this isn’t Wally Hickel beseeching Nixon to consider the youth of America and their message about Viet Nam. This is just insane.

  • Well she was wearing moccasins and you know how Danny boy is…always voting for the minority special interest and never for the working middle class whom he despises.

  • Transgender is just a way to pretend they’re not really gay.

  • This is all so stupid. I long for the good old days when people had respect, good manners mattered, and we weren’t constantly being force fed tolerance by the most intolerant group of people ever to exist! Must we bow and scrape to every whack job group out there? Haaland is a big mistake and Dan Sullivan made a grave error voting for her.

  • Ms. Haaland has a right to her PERSONAL opinion but not as the Secretary of the Interior.

  • Anyone know the country of origin of the flag in the background? Check out the photo.

  • New Mexico state flag.

  • Haaland is inexperienced and is a DEMONRAT puppet!!! Just another snake forming from underneath the carpet of corruption !!!

  • Inappropriate.

  • New Mexico country.

  • That’s New Mexico’s flag.

  • New Mexico, she was a rep there.

  • If you believe that you’re something that you cannot possibly be…for example, a woman trapped in a male body…then you’re mentally ill.
    It doesn’t matter how strongly you believe it or how much you mutilate your body or how often some idiot agrees with you – your genetics don’t change.
    The belief that you’re of the opposite sex is, literally, all in your head, a delusion.
    Anyone who allows peer pressure or popular consensus or their favorite entertainment figure to sway them into agreeing that men can become women or women can become men just by wishing it so are demonstrating their own form of mental weakness or illness.

  • Decades ago a bi-sex lady friend told me that when she made sex with a woman, it was like making sex with herself.

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