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We Will Not Be Forced Back into the Closet: A Statement from the KC Trans Community

We Will Not Be Forced Back into the Closet: A Statement from the KC Trans Community

As the murder rate against trans people reaches an all-time high, a hate group infamous for inciting violence on campuses nationwide hosted a rally against trans people at the University of Missouri – Kansas City on Thursday, April 11, 2019. This was attended by off-campus reactionaries, some even calling for the eradication of trans people. The admin, campus police and KCPD ignored requests from the student body to protect those most at risk, and instead went after the trans students who were there speaking up and protesting in defense of their humanity. Many of us were pepper sprayed, kicked and punched by the police.

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Iowa Republican lawmakers ban use of Medicaid dollars on transgender surgery

Iowa Republican lawmakers ban use of Medicaid dollars on transgender surgery

Republican lawmakers at the Iowa Capitol have passed legislation that would prohibit using public insurance dollars, including Medicaid, to pay for transgender surgery.

The Republican-controlled House voted for the proposal Saturday afternoon, one day after the GOP-majority Senate advanced it. No Democrat voted for the plan, which now requires approval from Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds to become law. The restrictions would go into effect immediately if enacted.

The provision was added to a health budget bill as the legislative session drew to a close. It would prohibit any state or local government unit or tax-supported district from providing sex reassignment surgery. It applies to any other cosmetic reconstructive or plastic surgery procedure related to “transsexualism, hermaphroditism, gender identity disorder, or body dysmorphic disorder.”

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