Nebraska Lawmaker Enters Third Week of Filibustering to Block Anti-Trans Bills

A Nebraska state lawmaker has filibustered every piece of legislation that has been brought up for consideration in the state’s unicameral legislature, fulfilling a vow she made three weeks ago to do so until Republicans agree to drop legislation seeking to ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth and abortion rights in the state. State Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh (D) initially promised in late… Source Source / Read More: Nebraska Lawmaker Enters Third Week of Filibustering to Block Anti-Trans Bills

Arkansas Senate Passes “Most Extreme” Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill in the US

The Arkansas state Senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would forbid transgender people in the state from using restrooms, locker rooms or other facilities that correspond with their gender. Senate Bill 270 would forbid trans people from using restrooms that don’t align with the sex they were assigned on their birth certificate. Under the bill, a trans woman who enters a woman’s restroom and… Source Source / Read More: Arkansas Senate Passes “Most Extreme” Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill in the US

Students at McGill University in Montreal Protest Anti-Trans Speaker

Students and student-run organizations at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, are protesting the institution’s decision to invite a noted anti-trans activist to speak on campus on Tuesday. Lawyer Robert Wintemute is giving a speech at the university entitled “The Sex vs. Gender (Identity) Debate In the United Kingdom and the Divorce of LGB from T.” Wintemute is a member of the United Kingdom… Source Source / Read More: Students at McGill University in Montreal Protest Anti-Trans Speaker

Belarus: Trial against Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ales Bialiatski a ‘shameful pretense’ of justice

Reacting to the beginning of a court hearing in the politically motivated case against Ales Bialiatski, 2022 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and chair of the Viasna human rights group, and his colleagues Valiantsin Stefanovich, Uladzimir Labkovich and Dzmitry Salauyou, Marie Struthers, Amnesty International’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said: “The trial against Ales Bialiatski and […] The post Belarus: Trial against Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ales Bialiatski a ‘shameful pretense’ of justice appeared first on Amnesty International.

Texas AG Ken Paxton Asked Agency to Compile List of Trans Residents in the State

This past summer, Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton requested employees at the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to do a sweeping search of its database to provide him with names of individuals who, over the past two years, changed their gender on their driver’s licenses and other records. To some, the search appears to be a clear request to find out who in the state is a… Source Source / Read More: Texas AG Ken Paxton Asked Agency to Compile List of Trans Residents in the State

Stephen Miller-Run Group Airs Anti-Trans & White Nationalist Political Ads

A series of political ads from two far right groups have aired in battleground states across the country in the final week of the 2022 midterm season, featuring false and incendiary rhetoric about gender-affirming care for trans children and supposed racism against white people. The radio ads call on listeners with far right extremist views to vote against Democrats in next week’s elections, and include white nationalist and anti-LGBTQ dog whistles. The two groups are airing ads in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, Colorado, Michigan and Nevada, according to The New York Times. Both groups have ties to former…

Gov. Youngkin’s Anti-Trans Policies Trigger Massive Student Walkouts in Virginia

Thousands of students across Virginia protested this week, walking out of their classrooms and schools to demonstrate their opposition to policy changes being proposed by the administration of Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) toward transgender youth in the state. Youngkin’s state Department of Education issued new model policies last Friday to “provide clear, accurate, and useful guidance to Virginia school boards that align with statutory provisions.” The new document takes a “parental rights” approach when it comes to transgender youth in schools, encouraging districts to enact rules that discriminate against and potentially endanger LGBTQ children. The new policies say that transgender…

Court Upholds Block of Arkansas’s Ban on Gender-Affirming Care for Trans Youth

A three-judge panel on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that was issued by a lower court last year, blocking a statewide ban of gender-affirming care in Arkansas. The ruling means that an injunction on the law will remain in place and that transgender children in the state can continue to receive gender-affirming care from their doctors. Such care generally includes therapy and, in some cases, the use of safe, reversible medication like puberty blockers — the prescription of which the state had attempted to criminalize. The law also banned the use of certain medications…

Marjorie Taylor Greene Proposes Bill to Ban Gender-Affirming Care for Trans Kids

Far right Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) is planning to introduce legislation on Friday that would ban doctors and other medical professionals from providing certain gender-affirming care options to transgender children. Gender-affirming care can take many forms, including therapy and medication. Greene’s bill would restrict how doctors can treat trans children by making it a felony at the federal level to prescribe medication that blocks the effects of puberty in children. The bill would also make it illegal to give trans children surgeries that would permanently change their sex organs — despite the fact that such surgeries are typically only…

Federal Judge Strikes Down Tennessee’s Anti-Trans Bathroom Rule for Businesses

A federal judge has struck down an anti-trans law in Tennessee that required business owners offering inclusive restroom options to put up signage using decidedly non-inclusive language. House Bill 1182 was signed into law one year ago, and went into effect on July 1, 2021. One week after that, Bob Bernstein, the owner of a restaurant in Nashville called “Fido,” filed a lawsuit alongside the ACLU of Tennessee. Bernstein’s restaurant allows patrons to decide for themselves which restroom they feel most comfortable using. However, the notice that the new law required all businesses to post would suggest that his establishment…

Texas College Protesters Shut Down Event for Anti-Trans Candidate Jeff Younger

Student protesters at the University of North Texas (UNT) drove out an anti-trans candidate for the Texas House of Representatives this week, at an event hosted by a conservative student group on campus. The UNT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) invited Jeff Younger, a Republican running in the 63rd House district in Texas’s state legislature, to speak on Wednesday. A video shared on social media showcases how student protesters stopped him from disseminating his bigoted viewpoints. The students sat in the room Younger was scheduled to speak in, banging their hands on tables and shouting “fuck these fascists”…

Texas Is Already Investigating Families With Trans Kids, Lawsuit Shows

A lawsuit filed on behalf of a transgender girl living in Texas reveals that officials in the state have already begun the process of investigating families that are providing their children with gender-affirming care. Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) issued an order directing the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to “conduct prompt and thorough investigations of any reported instances of Texas children being subjected to abusive gender-transitioning procedures.” The order came days after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) filed a legal opinion which incorrectly claimed that gender-affirming “procedures and treatments…when performed on children, can legally constitute…

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