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LGBTQ advocates are outraged over state capitol cross-dresser email

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO)- At the Capitol, a controversial email referring to LGBTQ students as "cross-dressers" has upset transgender activists and other critics. A state capitol staffer sent out the email and now the incident is under investigation.

The email went out mid-morning saying "as per the speaker's offices, pages are being allowed access to the ladies restroom across from 401, for today. Again, there are cross-dressers in the building.”

"This happens and they feel completely unwelcome.” Representative Emily Virgin had just finished speaking to a group on HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. "With the situation with Senator Shortey, we know there are people who are preying on young folks in Oklahoma. They`re not transgender. They were someone who was a part of our body until just a couple weeks ago."

Troy Stevenson with Freedom Oklahoma was outraged.

"It was biased and unnecessary and it shows a culture and a climate of bias at the Capitol."

Last year, advocates fought hard to defeat the transgender bathroom bill. Monday's email a setback for them.

"That is the people`s house. It`s not owned by a group of lawmakers. It`s our house, it is where we should be able to go to advocate for ourselves," said Stevenson.

We went to the Speaker's office Monday but only got a written statement saying in part:

"I was unaware that such an email was being sent, and the remarks contained in the email are not condoned by me or the Office of the Speaker… All Oklahomans should feel welcome in the Oklahoma Capitol building."


"I`m happy that he`s chosen to speak out on this issue, but it needs to be a bigger statement as a whole-- that no matter who you are, no matter your race, identity, your sexual orientation, how you identify, if you`re a citizen of the state of Oklahoma you are welcome in your State Capitol," said Virgin.

A spokesperson for Oklahoma's House Speaker says the email is being investigated and that the matter is being taken seriously.

Information provided by KFOR/CNN.

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