Republicans And Democrats Largely Oppose Transgender Sports Legislation, Poll Shows

Republicans And Democrats Largely Oppose Transgender Sports Legislation, Poll Shows

In at least 30 states nationwide, lawmakers have introduced bills aiming to keep transgender girls and women from participating on girls’ and women’s sports teams. These type of restrictions have become a major culture war battle, with Republican lawmakers being the loudest proponents of such bills, while Democrats often oppose them.

But a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that Republican voters aren’t that enthusiastic about those proposed laws, even while they do have reservations about transgender sports participation.

Republicans Have Found Their Cruel New Culture War

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Arkansas lawmakers’ move against trans people reflects a larger strategy.

They’re inventing a problem to whip up a culture war that they’re convinced will redound to their benefit. Worried that their party can’t retain or wrest power with its positions on the economy and prescriptions (or lack thereof) for health care, they’re fighting on other turf, with no pause to contemplate the need for their offensives and no thought for the casualties.

Senate confirms first out transgender federal official, Rachel Levine, as assistant health secretary

Senate confirms first out transgender federal official, Rachel Levine, as assistant health secretary

Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine speaking at the virtual press conference. The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 20, that there are 83 additional positive cases of COVID-19 reported, bringing the statewide total to 268. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. Harrisburg, PA- March 20, 2020

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services, the first out transgender federal official to be confirmed by the chamber.

The vote was 52-48. GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska joined all Democrats in voting yes.
Levine, a pediatrician, previously served as Pennsylvania’s secretary of health and as physician general — the state’s top health official and top doctor.

‘It’s our turn’: Inside the Christian Right conference plotting a political takeover

‘It’s our turn’: Inside the Christian Right conference plotting a political takeover

But the main lesson from the “Church and State” conference last weekend in Brisbane was how conservative Christian activists are attempting to grow their numbers and influence within the Coalition, and believe opposition to transgender rights will be key to their political success.