First Lady Jill Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken presented a biological man from Argentina with an International Woman of Courage (IWOC) Award Wednesday.
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The biological male, Alba Rueda, supposedly earned the honor because he is a “transgender woman who was kicked out of classrooms, barred for sitting for exams, refused job opportunities, subjected to violence, and rejected by her family. But in the face of these challenges, she worked to end violence and discrimination against the LGBTQ plus community in Argentina,” according to the State Department.
The Biden administration recognized Rueda as one of 11 “women” from around the world who fight for “gender equity.”
“Now in its 17th year, the Secretary of State’s IWOC Award recognizes women from around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equity and equality, and the empowerment of women and girls, in all their diversity – often at great personal risk and sacrifice,” a State Department press release said.
Starnes Media Group managing editor Caleb Parke called it a “slap in the face to women.”
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Twitter users were not thrilled with the news that Rueda was given the award.
“It’s International Women’s Day – a good time to remember that Democrats can’t even tell you what a woman is,” Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) said in a tweet.
It’s International Women’s Day – a good time to remember that Democrats can’t even tell you what a woman is. https://t.co/BPJ1fHhl5u— Sarah Huckabee Sanders (@SarahHuckabee) March 8, 2023
Other prominent conservatives like podcast host Dana Loesch and commentator Karoline Leavitt slammed the First Lady’s decision, saying it diminished women and asked why Democrats are so focused on pushing the trans agenda.
Rueda currently works as Argentina’s Special Envoy for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship, Fox News reports.
Further, the State Department said he “actively campaigned to change the name of the National Women’s Conference to the ‘Plurinational Conference of Women and Lesbian, Cross-Dresser, Transgender, Bisexual, Intersex and Non-Binary Persons’ to include diverse, dissident, and racialized identities.’”