School board candidate says doctors who help trans kids to be ‘hung from the nearest tree’

anti trans Florida school board candidate Alisabeth Janai Lancaster

A school board candidate in Florida was met with applause when she announced that she believes that doctors who care for trans kids should be “hung from the nearest tree”.

Alisabeth Janai Lancaster is running to represent Santa Rosa School Board’s third district in Pensacola, Florida, and on Monday (18 July) gave a speech at a candidates forum organised by the far-right group Gulf Coast Patriots.

Lancaster, a former law enforcement officer, said: “The welfare and protection of the students is my first and foremost priority.

“That is one of the main reasons I decided to run… I am against any social engineering project, especially [critical race theory] or any ideologies that do not belong in the school platform.

“The children should not be burdened of the woke agenda that is leaving a path of destruction everywhere it goes.”

After spouting conspiracy theories about gender-affirming healthcare, the Florida mother and grandmother hit out at doctors who treat trans kids.

She said: “The doctors that are going along with mutilating these children and prescribing hormone blockers to these kids, in my opinion they should be hanging from the nearest tree.”

Disturbingly, she was met with a round of applause.

Lawyer Alejandra Caraballo, formerly of the LGBTQ Law Project at New York Legal Assistance Group and now a clinical instructor at Harvard Law School, shared and analysed a clip of the speech via Twitter.

She wrote: “Lancaster started off by stating that prayer should be mandatory because the US is founded on ‘Judeo-Christian principles’.

“It’s clear she supports a Christian nationalist platform of mandating Christianity on all students which ties into her transphobia.

“Lancaster then spouted conspiracy theories about pharmaceutical companies profit $1.3 million from every trans kid.

“This is a direct line from Matt Walsh’s film What is a Woman?, said by Scott Newgent. There is no basis for this claim.”

Caraballo pointed out that there was a direct connection between transphobic rhetoric spread by the US Christian far-right, and “calls for genocidal violence”.

She added: “This is entirely predictable but people continue to be wilfully blind to the escalating rhetoric against trans people.”