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Tony Kushner on the Republican ‘Fantasy’ of a Nation Controlled by ‘Straight White Men’

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Produced by ‘Sway’ From Gov. Ron DeSantis signing Florida’s so-called Don’t Say Gay bill to Gov. Greg Abbott issuing a Texas directive that would classify medical care for transgender adolescents as “child abuse,” Republicans across the country seem to be doubling down on anti-L.G.B.T.Q.

policies. Their argument? It’s about “parental rights.” But the playwright Tony Kushner has seen this kind of battle play out before.

His “Angels in America” hit two-part play examined the AIDS epidemic and L.G.B.T.Q. life in the United States. And Kushner says this new wave of legislation is just the latest incarnation of a clampdown on rights under the conservative “fantasy” of a nation under “exclusive control by white straight men.” [You can listen to this episode of “Sway” on Apple, Spotify, Google or wherever you get your podcasts.] In this conversation, Kara Swisher asks Kushner how far — or not — the nation has come since “Angels” and the AIDS crisis.

Kushner traces a through line from Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump and discusses how anger is a byproduct of progress. “There’s a complicated anger on the left, on the progressive side,” he says. “Presumably people on the progressive side of things believe in the possibility of constructing a more just world.

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