‘We All Have a Role to Play’: The Fight Against Anti-Transgender Legislation

During a record-breaking year for state legislative attacks against the transgender community, ELLE turned to experts and activists for a roundtable discussion about how we got here—and where the fight goes next.

We All Have a Role to Play’: The Fight Against Anti-Transgender Legislation

Coming into 2021, LGBTQ advocates were bracing for a storm. All the elements were there, a perfect set up for a deluge across the country. But still, the blitz has been staggering.

It only took a few months for 2021 to be declared the worst year in U.S. history for state legislative attacks against the LGBTQ community and a record-breaking year for anti-transgender legislation. By April, state legislatures had introduced more than 100 bills aimed at restricting the rights of transgender people, with most falling into two buckets: bills aimed at blocking transgender young people from playing on sports teams consistent with their gender identity, usually under the argument of keeping women’s sports fair, and bills aimed at blocking transgender youth from receiving gender-affirming medical care.

Republicans Have Found Their Cruel New Culture War

(Possible Paywall)

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.

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.”

Texas has a new plan to discriminate against LGBT people

Texas Rep. Ron Simmons (R) drafted the new anti-LGBT bill HB 2899. CREDIT: Facebook/Ron Simmons

Texas Rep. Ron Simmons (R) drafted the new anti-LGBT bill HB 2899. CREDIT: Facebook/Ron Simmons

 

Texas has a new plan to discriminate against LGBT people:

“Texas’ anti-transgender bill has seemingly stalled, but inspired by North Carolina, Republican state lawmakers have a new plan to expand discrimination against LGBT people.”

(Via. ThinkProgress)

A perfect storm of hate: These Republican bills in Arkansas would make it ‘illegal to be transgender’ – Salon.com

A perfect storm of hate: These Republican bills in Arkansas would make it ‘illegal to be transgender’ – Salon.com:

“The clock is ticking on a trio of bills that LGBT advocates in Arkansas claim would make it effectively ‘illegal to be transgender’ in the state.”