Anti-Trans Dangerous Speech During the 2024 U.S. Election

As the 2024 United States election approaches, speech that can move people toward accepting
violence, called “dangerous speech” (DS), is flourishing, and with it, there is a growing possibility of intergroup violence. Transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people have become a primary target of such speech. Influential politicians, media figures, and religious leaders are falsely portraying transgender people as threats to children, cisgender women, families, traditional values, and public safety. Since 2023 the Dangerous Speech Project has been collecting and analyzing examples of this dangerous speech. In this report, we describe the primary rhetorical trends that have emerged from this analysis.

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