Republican quashes anti-transgender bill:
“After outcry from transgender advocates, an Indiana Republican lawmaker quashed a proposal to prevent people from being able to change the gender on their birth certificates.
Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer, R-Beech Grove, chair of the House Public Health Committee, said in a statement Friday that she will not give the bill a hearing. She said she was focused instead on addressing the state’s opioid and heroin epidemic.”
By Kira A. Moore
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Catholic group preys on fear & calls trans people ‘the family’s worst enemy’ / LGBTQ Nation:
“Somewhere in York, Pennsylvania, lives a man with intense hatred, fear, and loathing for transgender Americans.”
New H.B. 2-Style Transgender Bathroom Bills in Texas, Virginia, Kentucky – The Atlantic:
“Lawmakers in Texas, Kentucky, and Virginia are the latest to propose legislation that replicates North Carolina’s controversial law—despite the risk of backlash.”
How many people in the US identify as transgender? — Quartz:
“On Jan. 5, Texas lieutenant governor Dan Patrick unveiled a bill that would require Texas residents to use the bathroom assigned to their gender at birth. The bill, officially known as Senate bill 6 (pdf), is nearly identical to another ‘bathroom bill’ passed last year in North Carolina.
How many people would be affected by this new law? It’s remarkably difficult to know. Most surveys don’t ask about gender identity, and—even if they do—many transgender people are reluctant to disclose their gender identity to strangers. The best estimates available come from the Williams Institute, a think tank at the University of California, Los Angeles, which has compiled estimates for all 50 states.”