The hypocrisy of pro-lifers being anti-LGBTQIA

by Steve Corbin

The prefix “pro-” means to support a cause. The noun “life” is defined as an organism composed of cells that can grow, learn and respond to stimuli preceding death. It stands to reason that a pro-lifer is a radical proponent that from cell development until death — everyone — is supported. Everyone!  

Most right-wing evangelicals and conservative Catholics proudly boast of being pro-life. MAGA Republican die-hards fondly recall a January 2020 March for Life rally where Donald Trump thanked participants for “making America the pro-family, pro-life nation.”  

Simply stated, you cannot be pro-life unless you also support the 7.2% of babies who grow up to be LGBTQIA and – by the way — are living under the same canopy of heaven and with God’s divine grace. 

LGBTQIA is an abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, asexual/aromantic/agender. One out of every 13 people you meet could be LGBTQIA (Gallup, February 2023). Medical research is replete with evidence that 1.7% of human births are intersex (Journal of Sex Research), whereby the genitalia cannot be classified as female (XX chromosomes) or male (XY chromosomes). The Novo Nordisk Foundation reveals intersex children and their parents are not aware of the chromosome gene mutation until the child reaches puberty. 

The LGBTQIA population breaks down — per Gallup research — as follows: 20.8% of Gen Z (age 20-26); 10.5% of Millennials (age 27-42); 4.2% of Gen Z (age 43-58); 2.6% of Baby Boomers (age 59-77); and 0.8% of Traditionalists (78 and older). 

Seventy-nine percent of Americans want to protect LGBTQIA rights. Deniers of the LGBTQIA population probably don’t know — or if they do, shame on them — repercussions of their “anti-” stance. According to a 2021 survey by the Trevor Project, over 50% of transgender and nonbinary kids have considered suicide and 93% say they worry about state laws denying transgender people access to gender-affirming medical care. 

Research conducted by Child Trends revealed a statistically significant increase in mental health crisis text lines when anti-LGBTQIA legislation bills are introduced. LGBTQIA teens are five times more likely to make an attempt on their life than their straight peers. Negative actions and attitudes against LGBTQIA teenagers can have serious, life-altering consequences. This data should be a wakeup call for pro-lifers, especially if they value life and disdain suicide and mental health issues. 

In October of 2018, Mr. Trump sought to reclassify people into an “unchangeable” category of male or female, which completely denies the existence of transgender and intersex people; a clear violation of human rights. I presume pro-lifers value human rights. 

Organizations behind the anti-LGBTQIA legislation that’s been introduced in over 42 states include the conservative legal powerhouse Alliance Defending Freedom, the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation and the Christian nationalist lobby group Family Policy Alliance. 

When 79% of Americans who support LGBTQIA rights witness evangelical parishioners and houses of worship tout anti-LGBTQIA beliefs, might this be one reason behind the decline of religious affiliation and church attendance?  

Mayors, city council and school board members plus county, state and federal elected officials who took an oath of office to represent all citizens and are anti-LGBTQIA have betrayed the public’s trust and society’s soul. We the People should do our utmost to rid prejudice-laden politicians from serving unless they can represent 100% of their respective citizenry. 

Pro-life citizens who are anti-LGBTQIA should seriously reflect on what Nelson Mandella once said, “there can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”  

Steve Corbin is professor emeritus of marketing at the University of Northern Iowa.