Stop Anti-Trans Delegate Bethany Kozma from Representing the US at CSW

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

21 March 2018

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Stop Anti-Trans Delegate Bethany Kozma from Representing the US at CSW

Following in last year’s footsteps, the Trump administration has yet again appointed a known anti-trans activist to its official delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The CSW is the largest meeting of governments, UN agencies, civil society, and other stakeholders, on progressing women’s rights and gender justice globally.

Bethany Kozma, Senior Adviser for the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the US Agency for International Development, is known for viciously anti-trans statements and activism.

She has taken active steps to hinder the rights of trans students and individuals, going so far as calling transgender children “gender confused children,” and spearheaded a campaign to overturn Obama-era education guidelines that allowed trans students to use bathrooms that matched their gender identity.   

During closed door negotiations during the CSW, Kozama proclaimed that the “US is a pro-life nation.”

Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International, released the following statement:

“Bethany Kozma’s track record as an anti-trans activist should disqualify her from representing the United States at the largest women’s rights and gender justice meeting.  She is known for her hateful rhetoric against transgender people, specifically trans children, and has been at the forefront in undermining their rights.

Having worked with known hate groups, such as Family Research Council, it is clear that Kozma will push for restrictive and discriminatory language at the CSW negotiations. Kozma is misrepresenting the status of abortions in this country, and is pushing a false and dangerous narrative.

The US administration must remove Bethany Kozma from the delegation to the CSW immediately. It is an embarrassment that an anti-trans activist is on the delegation, not to mention someone who is misrepresenting US law in negotiations. The US must uphold its values of non-discrimination at all times, and prevent Kozma from co-opting this space to impose her hateful agenda in the negotiation room.”

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Issue

The current USA CSW delegation includes Bethany Kozma, a know anti-trans activist who has collaborated with registered USA LGBTI Hate Group, The Family Research Council. Her participation was kept secret and not included on the list of delegates made available to the public.

Biography and affiliation with hate groups

Kozma is a former white house staffer from Fairfax county, Virginia and has held positions in the White House and Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush. She was appointed as Senior Advisor to the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at US AID in mid-2017.

The Family Research Council, a hate group listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, supported Kozma’s “United We Stand” campaign against Obama’s bathroom protections for transgender students. Kozma has written anti-transgender articles in the Daily Signal, a publication managed by conservative think tank Heritage Foundation.

Quotes on transgender issues

Compiled by GLAAD

Testified to her local school board that there is a direct link between sexual predators and trans access to facilities. “Imagine how predators will be emboldened and enabled, endangering other young girls if they are allowed to enter girls facilities and protected under your current policy.” (Begins at 17:10)

Informed her school board that the next superintendent must “not violate Title IX, not just in the female sports by allowing males to unfairly compete and possibly severely injure the girls, but also not allow males to take over bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms and push out females, denying them their right for privacy and safety.” (Begins at 53:55)

Warned another Virginia school board that fair bathroom policy “allows the man who identifies as the woman” into facilities and “tells young girls who are students that you don’t care how they feel and you will be discriminating against your own students, potentially opening them up to sexual harassment...sexual assault or rape.”(Begins at 8:50)

Response to a gender services clinic in Seattle: “This is horrible- a place where our children will be sterilized”

Attempted to discredit the identities of transgender youth by referring to trans kids as  “gender confused children.”

Partnered with anti-LGBTQ hate groups including Family Research Council in a campaign to overturn the Obama Department of Education guidance for transgender students.

“I realized that I also needed to speak up for victims of sexual assault who would be re-traumatized by having biological males undress in front of them, women who may now feel themselves powerless to do anything about it, due to legal concerns and fear of being labeled a bigot.” - Daily Signal article

Call to action: Remove Bethany Kozma from the USA delegation immediately!

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