While on the Dr. Drew show, Jewish conservative pundit Ben Shapiro refused to refer to Caitlyn Jenner by her preferred pronoun and deliberately provoked transgender journalist Zoey Tur by asking her, “What are your genetics, sir?” Shapiro went on to say that he refuses to recognize the self-identity of a transgender person because he does not want to “mainstream delusion,” “mental illness,” and support “body mutilation.” In turn, Zoey put her hands on Ben and threatened his life. My open letter in defense of transgender folks. I argue that Shapiro is making the logical is/ought fallacy, however, his “is” (science) is not an is, and his “ought” does not follow. I end by making a moral case for empathy and compassion towards our transgender brothers and sisters.
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