Idaho GOP Elicits Outrage with Tutu Comment

On Tuesday, Idaho republicans passed a resolution asking the state legislature to effectively override local city ordinances that ban discrimination against LGBTQ persons in employment, housing, and elsewhere.

In support of the proposal, prominent GOP member, Cornel Rasor made national headlines when he said,

“I’d hire a gay guy if I thought he was a good worker. But if he comes into work in a tutu … he’s not producing what I want in my office.”

Outrage aside, Mr. Rasor’s comments clearly show a conflation of sexual orientation and gender identity – that certain clothing signifies a particular sexual orientation, and conversely, that one’s sexual orientation mandates gendered dress choices. Dress, given its public visibility, is often a locus for such a conflation.  However, one wonders what Mr. Rasor might do if a female worker came to the office attired in a tutu.


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