Michelle Duggar Fights Against A Local LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance With Transphobic Robocall

A proposed anti-discrimination ordinance in Fayetteville, Arkansas, was created to make life safer for LGBT and transgender citizens, but fellow Arkansas resident Michelle Duggar of “19 Kids And Counting” is hellbent on stopping it in its tracks. The ordinance is meant to prevent discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation when it comes to housing, employment and public accommodation, but all Duggar sees is a window for potential creeps to follow her daughters into the bathroom. Seriously. Duggar narrated a robocall against the ordinance that went out this week to Fayetteville households. You can listen to it after the jump.

In the message, she essentially implies that child predators will have a field day if the ordinance passes:

Hello, this is Michelle Duggar. I’m calling to inform you of some shocking news that would affect the safety of Northwest Arkansas women and children. The Fayetteville City Council is voting on an ordinance this Tuesday night that would allow men – yes I said men – to use women and girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only. I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls. I doubt that Fayetteville parents would stand for a law that would endanger their daughters or allow them to be traumatized by a man joining them in their private space. We should never place the preference of an adult over the safety and innocence of a child. Parents, who do you want undressing next to your daughter at the public swimming pool’s private changing area? I still believe that we are a society that puts women and children first. Women, young ladies and little girls deserve to use the restroom or any other facility in peace and safety. Will you speak up for protecting women and children?

Arkansas is one of many states that doesn’t address discrimination against LGBT or transgender folks in its laws. Ordinances like this are one small way to protect their human rights, and to prevent them from being turned down for an apartment rental or job just because of who they are. It allows people to enter the public restroom of whatever gender they most identify with — isn’t the ability to pee in peace the most basic of rights? Beside the fact that this call is already miles beyond the point of what the ordinance is really meant for, I find it pretty off-putting that Duggar uses the word “preference” when referring to transgender people. Reducing a person’s sexual orientation or identity to a preference, or implying that it is a choice, is narrow-minded and cruel. I also take a lot of issue with her insistence that “we are a society that puts women and children first.” For one thing, I think our society is an unequal place that doesn’t necessarily put women or kids first; and I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather live in a society that puts all humans first instead of one particular gender.

Free Fayetteville, the organization supposedly behind this, is hard to track down. The group’s website links to the Arkansas Family Council’s site, and though that organization is also opposed to the ordinance, its president claims the Family Council didn’t pay for the calls. So far there’s no word from Jim Bob Duggar on whether his family funded the calls. I’m strangely fascinated by the Duggars, but moves like this make it impossible for me to enjoy their show. For a family that claims to put such a high value on ethics, the Duggars sure are spending a lot of time spreading hateful ignorance against an already marginalized group. It’s really disappointing. [Washington Post, Fayetteville Flyer] [Image via TLC]