Mary Franson

A Minnesota State Rep’s “Apology” To A Transgender Councilwoman Was Even Worse Than Her Attack

"This isn’t the first time I’ve offended the social justice warriors and it won’t be the last," said Minnesota State Rep. Mary Franson.

On Election Night, Andrea Jenkins became the first trans woman of color elected to a city council, when she won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council. Jenkins was part of a wave of trans people getting involved in the political process, and received congratulations far and wide. (Phillipe Cunningham, a trans man of color, also won a seat on the same city council.)

But Minnesota State Rep. Mary Franson tweeted out her response Wednesday morning: “A guy who thinks he’s a girl is still a guy with a mental health condition.” (The tweet has since been deleted.)

Mary Franson

Franson, a Republican, has a lengthy anti-LGBT record: In 2012, she opposed marriage equality because children needed to be protected from normalizing homosexuality.

Two years later she claimed the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, which would have protected LGBT students from bullying, as “fascism, Minnesota style” and an “attack on the Bible and conservative Christians.”

She eventually issued an “apology” for the tweet, but it was pretty much worse than her original statement.

“There are times I don’t practice kindness. For that I am sorry,” wrote Franson.

“While I do believe that one can’t change their gender based on their feelings, I didn’t need to tweet out my thoughts. God created man and woman but then sin entered the world and disrupted his perfect plan. He then sent His one and only son, Jesus, to take away our sins and to restore a broken relationship with God. I should have shown grace and not come across the way I did. For that I apologize. I do not apologize for not conforming to the PC world where I’m supposed to go along with fantasy and participate in it. This isn’t the first time I’ve offended the social justice warriors and it won’t be the last.”

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It’s interesting that a woman who believes being transgender is a “fantasy” expects everyone to agree that a man who died 2,000 years ago performed miracles, died, came back to life and lives in heaven with God. But we’re not one to point fingers.

We’ll just let Councilwoman-elect Jenkins have the last word.

Andrea Jenkins

“Thank you, Representative Franson, for showing all Minnesotans your true bigotry and unapologetic transphobia. As a tax-paying citizen, I am extremely disappointed in seeing my public officials displaying such discrimination against and complete disregard for transgender residents of the great state of Minnesota.”

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.