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Amid a record-setting year of anti-transgender legislation, TransLash Media released Season 1 of The Anti-Trans Hate Machine: A Plot Against Equality in 2021. This award-winning multi-part program takes us behind the curtain of the dark money, right wing organizations, radical figures and extreme ideology driving the anti-trans backlash across the country. We expose a highly-organized political apparatus, which makes the future potentially darker for everyone.
Season 2 focuses on the disinformation ecosystem constructed by the Christian Nationalist movement, anti-trans lies are laundered through some of the biggest and most respected news rooms in the country, and how this effort creates a world where the existence of trans people is questioned. On this journey we center the voices of trans people, as well as their families, who are victimized by this hostile movement with our award-winning journalist Imara Jones guiding us along the way. On March 31, 2023, we dropped Part 1 of Season 2: episodes 1–3. Stay tuned for episodes 4–5 in June of 2023. Subscribe to our newsletter for alerts.
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Every day, attacks on trans kids grow louder, and more anti-trans bills keep moving through state legislatures. How did this happen? In this episode we tell you how lessons learned by Christian Nationalists twenty years ago, in the fight to undermine gay rights by preserving conversion therapy, set the stage for today. Join us as we show how the ability to manufacture pseudoscientific theories and push them out in the mainstream across three decades led to today’s crisis.
Disinformation campaigns need archetypes to advance their propaganda. In this episode we see how Christian Nationalists have teamed up with TERFs, and even Dianic Witches, to find people who are “ex-trans” in a hopeless attempt to show that transgender people aren’t real. Join us as we follow Ky Schevers and her journey into the depths of the detransition movement. We will learn how her story was seized upon by pseudo-scientific groups and the harm it caused both to Ky and the community she loves.
This episode deals with the power of right-wing media in spreading disinformation to vast audiences.
This episode addresses how mainstream newsrooms then pick up the propaganda and run with it.
In the opening episode for TransLash Media’s riveting new mini-series, award-winning journalist Imara Jones introduces us to a key component of the anti-trans hate machine through a historic case: Hecox v. Little. She walks us through the introduction to HB 500, the law that made Idaho the first state to ban transgender athletes participating in sports, and the investigation that quickly followed suit. We hear from aspiring college athlete Lindsay Hecox, as well as Ritchie Eppink, the Legal Director of the ACLU of Idaho, and Chase Strangio, Deputy Director for Transgender Justice, who aided her through her case. And Imara receives an unexpected surprise when Idaho Representative Barbara Ehardt, the sponsor of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act (HB 500), takes her call. In the end we learn about the organization behind these bills, a far-right group called Alliance Defending Freedom.
In episode 2 of 4 of The Anti-Trans Hate Machine mini-series, we investigate and uncover the forces and organizations, including the Family Research Council and Promise to America’s Children, responsible for the reinforcement of bills meant to ban trans youth from access to life-saving and equal healthcare – starting specifically with Alabama’s SB 219 (2020) – Prohibits Gender Affirming Care Bill. We hear from some of the youth and parents affected by these bills, and learn about their choices to fight back, despite the hardships it brings to do so.
In the third episode of the TransLash Media’s mini-series The Anti-Trans Hate Machine, Imara investigates the influence the Heritage Foundation had in infusing anti-trans ideology into the government during Trump’s presidency—a legacy the Biden administration is still trying to unravel. Through that investigation, Imara shares what she’s learned about one man who orchestrated many of those attacks on trans rights. Plus, we hear the stories of two brave women fighting against one of the most vicious attacks and suing the government to make sure trans people have equal access to healthcare.
Over the past three episodes of our first ever mini-series, Imara has detailed the institutions that are the major components of the anti-trans hate machine. But in this episode we dive into the people funding this machine and why. We enter into the shadows of the anti-trans movement and unpack how their hate intersects with a larger, even darker agenda. Household names like Betsy Devos take centerstage as does those less well known such as the The Council for National Policy, the National Christian Foundation, the New Apostolic Reformation, and Dominionists.
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“The NYT’s transphobia and lack of accountability is atrocious, but remember this is all part of a broader campaign by religious extremists to impose their version of christianity on everyone. The Anti-Trans Hate Machine is a good way to catch up on context.”
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CREDITS: The Anti-Trans Hate Machine: A Plot Against Equality is hosted and executive produced by Imara Jones. Oliver Ash Kleine is our senior producer and Nicole Kelly is our editor. Our producers include Josephine Jaye McAuliffe, Ann Marie Awad, and Mara Lazer. Our associate producers are Vera B., Wren Farrell, R. Robinson, Nicole Richards, and Tiler Wilson. Fact-checking for this season comes from Steven Crighton. This series is sound designed by Xander Adams. Zak Lanius helped with audio production. Our social media team includes Daniela “Dani” Capistrano, head of Digital Strategy, as well as Brennen Beckwith, our social media producer.
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