Bigotry LGBTQ+ (Part Two of Three)

For Pride Month, KURW launched a three part series for LGBTQ+ bigotry on Facebook from residents in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona, specifically, Kane County (Kanab) and Fredonia, Arizona just across the border.

Part One (view here)Part Two (this post)Part Three (late July)
Area history (Natural Family)
Pride Symbols, Support & Straight Pride
Intolerance
Rights
Homophobia
Transphobia
TransAthletes
Slurs

The slideshows are improved to include photos and list of bigotry of each person who posted AND who engaged with the post, as well as links to related posts. This should help with outreach, education and self-reflection. For more resources see Reforming Extremists on Hatewatch. The slideshows follow prominent posts & tips below and are as follows:

  1. Homophobia
  2. Transphobia Comprehensive (100 slides) followed by separated categories from main slides
    1. Transphobia by Public Officials and Public Servants
    2. Transphobia by Business Owners
    3. Transphobia by Veterans
    4. Transphobia by Kanab Patriots
  3. Transphobia and Sports (coming later in July)

To add posts that you have seen from any social media site, or for corrections, email mgalaria@protonmail.com.

Prominent Posts

Some Tips/Resources for Terminology, Gender Spectrum, Intersex

Transphobia, specifically gender identity, is the main category of LGBTQ+ bigotry from this area of Utah (Kanab, Kane County) and Arizona (Fredonia). All posts disregard modern science, adhering to the outdated binary system for gender, and lack proper vocabulary. The links in this format of slideshow will not work, so are listed in a paragraph below the images.

AT LEAST WATCH THIS NatGeo special from the In The Womb Series , Identical Twins.

Links to the sources for the slides above: Mayo Clinic, GenderSpectrum , Trevor Project, Scientific American

HOMOPHOBIA

Intolerance from veterans, first responder & nurses, educators/school staff, business owners, county office of tourism, Glendale events manager, pastor, and Kanab Patriots. Many support the old smear tactic of “age fluidity & pedosexuals” and some recommend #WalkAway. The LGBTQ+ founder of WalkAway was charged for Jan 6 Insurrection.



TRANSPHOBIA

This first slideshow is comprehensive, then broken into specialized categorized following. Transphobia, hate, ignorance, and dehumanization proves to be the topic most posted and discussed in the area. Each slide has educational sources to address the post. Please provide feedback on these sources if you have better ones. mgalaria@protonmail.com.

Kanab Public Officials & Public Servants

Kanab City Council members Celeste Meyeres & Byard Kershaw. Valley Elementary Teacher Suzie Harris and Kanab Middle School Staff Terry Blake. Retired law enforcement Marson Keller. They all ignore the current science regarding gender and push the outdated binary approach to gender. At the minimum this completely voids intersex individuals. The all use or support dehumanizing and inaccurate language & memes. Celeste Meyeres implies indoctrination as a concern despite current research that children form rigid gender identities by 5 or 6 years old which were reinforced and rewarded by societal gender stereotypes and suppress their true gender identity, however, that rigidity becomes more flexible over time (Mayo Clinic).

Kanab Business Owners & Trans-hate

These Kanab/area business owners share opposition to : LGBTQ+, government, liberals, Social Justice & Police Reform, don’t CA my Utah, and most support Crosby’s participation Jan5-6 to stop the certification of electoral votes.

Business NameOwner (previous KURW posts)
Burro Flats High Desert LodgeNicholas & Celeste Meyeres (Bigotry in Lodging)
Crickets CreationsCeleste Meyeres (Bigotry in City Council)
Crosby Home and Farm Center of KanabDavid Crosby (Insurrection & Kanasshole)
Joyful InteriorsJoy Downen
Kanab Kitchen KreationsStacey & Jerry Hutchings
Kanab Laundromat & Car WashBobbi & Jeff Lewis
Kanab SuitesJohn Schouten (Bigotry from Lodging)
Larry Rose Construction of OrdervilleLarry Rose
Let’s Do ThisCasey Cox
Lilly Pad Consign & Thrift StoreWendy Williams
Lily Pad Vacation Rental (Airbnb)Wendy Williams
The Shabby Iris Cottage CakerySarah Lofing (Bigotry from Food Service)
Strawz Waterin’ Hole & Fixin’sCraig Guy Brinkerhoff
for corrections please email mgalaria@protonmail.com

Kanab Veterans & Trans-hate

These veterans dismiss science on gender and include dehumanizing memes referencing plumbing parts, electrical parts, guns, bathrooms, castration, God, dogs, and female vice-president. They use their own misunderstanding of choice and indoctrination to retaliate against an entire group of people. They include:

  • Jim Torgerson of Fredonia. Jim is the most prolific distributor of Trans-hate on FB in the area.
  • Marson Keller of Kanab. Marson is also retired law enforcement from Kane County Sheriff’s Office. He supports David Crosby’s involvement in DC to stop the certification of electoral votes and Vicki Hooper’s “it’s all downhill from here, we lost the best President we’ve ever seen”. He opposed 2020 Social Justice & Police Reform and “cancel culture”
  • Byard Kershaw of Kanab. Byard is also a City Council member and retired BLM employee. He blames the Left for the insurrection and “backs the blue 2020” including white pride.
  • Clifford Smart of Fredonia. Clifford is also a pastor at Trinity Church. His bigotry and extremism on everything far-right is among the five most prolific in this area.
  • Jeff Schwilk. Jeff founded hate-groups and pages in California where his anti-immigration public protests & harassment met legal trouble. Upon moving to Kanab, he launched FB page Kanabians for Slow Sensible, Growth and others to continue targeting activists, distribute anti-immigration rhetoric and other far-right hate.
  • Kenneth Guinn of Kanab. Kenneth works at Holiday Inn and frequently uses Kanab/Fredonia Rant & Rave group and Kanab Patriots FB Page as his platforms for hate and misinformation.
  • Aaron Dunn. Aaron’s profile lists employed at Glaziers Market. He encourages intolerance of “others” and white discrimination on Kanab Fredonia Rant & Rave and posts bigotry & calls to fight on his personal page
  • Paul Torgerson. Paul encourages his brother Jim’s extensive bigotry of LGBTQ+, social equity, and government.

Kanab Patriots & Trans-hate

Kanab Patriots recognized Pride Month with “Straight Pride” and attacks on flags and rainbows, see Bigotry LGBTQ+ part one. They continue with a gross misunderstanding of sex chromosomes (XX, XY), disregarding XXX, XXY, and X anomalies. They disparage HHS Secretary Dr. Levine and Caitlyn Jenner. Kanab Patriots equates the gender spectrum to mental disorders and indoctrination by schools. They use various animals or castrating animals to promote their outdated binary system for gender, and yet state that liberals say there is no such thing as gender. Some of these “Patriots” use fear of China to deflect from efforts made in racial and gender equality.

email mgalaria@protonmail.com for corrections or submissions. The format is new, be patient if links don’t work and let me know.

Published by mgalaria

I resided in the Kanab, Utah area from 2009 throughout 2020. I am reformed right, 15 years now, with most family members still far-right. I lived 37 of my 48 years in rural America. I created KURW after I discovered that two people from Kanab who I knew were at the Jan 6th Capitol Insurrection and the continued threat warning from DHS regarding the far-right movement. Studies show new trends in extremist characteristics, feelings of fear/anger/betrayal, an increase in social media recruitment and incitement, and radicalization as quickly as six months. I had a lot of documentation from covering the six months of weekly Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter and MAGA events in Kanab. I used that documentation, public posts on social media, contribution from community members and outside organizations to create Hatewatch because I feel like that is the best way that I can address the call for awareness.

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