West Virginian Activists Pack State Senate as Anti-Trans Bill Advances

On Wednesday, House Bill 2007, a bill that would ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth in West Virginia, passed the state Senate judiciary and advanced to the Senate floor. Transgender advocates anticipate that a vote could be held as soon as tonight in the Republican-controlled Senate, and are packing the West Virginia state capitol to protest the legislative attacks on the state’s… Source Source / Read More: West Virginian Activists Pack State Senate as Anti-Trans Bill Advances

Legislative “War Against LGBTQ People” Is Underway, New Report Warns

Originally published by The 19th. We’re answering the “how” and “why” of LGBTQ+ and politics news. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. The volume and speed of anti-LGBTQ+ bills advancing through state legislatures has already defined 2023 as a historically challenging and frightening year, advocates say. In a new report, the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), which tracks LGBTQ+ policy… Source Source / Read More: Legislative “War Against LGBTQ People” Is Underway, New Report Warns

In Utah, Trans Teens’ Health Is at Risk After Gender-Affirming Care Ban

This story was originally published by The 19th If you or a loved one are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. Marisa McPeck-Stringham, a mental health therapist in Layton, Utah, watched an unsettling pattern unfold last week: Six of her clients, all transgender teenagers… Source Source / Read More: In Utah, Trans Teens’ Health Is at Risk After Gender-Affirming Care Ban

Republicans in Midterm Races Are Embracing Anti-Trans Rhetoric Like Never Before

Originally published by The 19th Iowa’s governor said knowing “boys from girls” was as vital as knowing the difference between liberty and tyranny. The GOP candidate for attorney general in Nevada called for fewer transgender people to exist, using and then later doubling down on a slur. And the Republican nominee for governor in Illinois used a debate question on abortion access to spread a conspiracy theory about the current governor’s family and portray gender-affirming care for trans youth as “experimental gender surgeries.” Republicans in 2022 midterm races are embracing more anti-transgender rhetoric than in any year that LGBTQ+ experts…

Florida Moves to Ban Gender-Affirming Care for Minors

LGBTQ+ advocates expressed outrage — and resolve — after a joint committee of Florida’s two medical boards moved a step closer to adopting a draft rule backed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis that would ban doctors from providing gender-affirming healthcare to transgender youth. After five often heated hours of testimony, a joint committee of the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine voted in favor of a proposal to bar doctors in the state from prescribing puberty-blocking and hormone treatments for patients younger than 18. The proposed rule would also prohibit gender-affirming surgery for minors, which…

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Anti-Trans Gov: “I Don’t Know” Why LGBTQ+ People Are Anxious, Depressed

Two weeks after South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed a law banning transgender students from joining sports teams that match their gender identity, the Republican came under fire Thursday for her apparent ignorance of difficulties faced by many LGBTQ+ people. During a press briefing, reporter Kyle Ireland asked Noem: “There’s a statistic circling around right now that 90% of South Dakota’s LGBTQ community is diagnosed with either anxiety or depression. Why do you think that is?” The governor responded: “I don’t know. That makes me sad and we should figure it out.” The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) shared…

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