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Seven states propose anti-Trans bills one week into 2022

1/7/22 | Los Angeles Blade

After a record year for anti-trans legislation in 2021, state lawmakers in at least seven states have introduced bills that seek to limit the rights of trans and nonbinary people during the first week of the new year. Advocates are particularly worried about a South Dakota proposal that relies on private citizens to sue those who break the law, similar to Texas’ controversial abortion ban. NBC News reports that in those seven states – Arizona, Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, New Hampshire and South Dakota – Republican lawmakers have introduced at least nine anti-trans measures. Most of the proposals seek to either bar trans kids from playing school sports or limit their access to gender-affirming care. “Unfortunately, I think we’re getting ready to watch a race to the bottom among legislators who are in a competition to see who can do the most harm to trans kids,” Gillian Branstetter, a longtime trans advocate and the media manager for the National Women’s Law Center, told the network. “It is a hostile and dangerous trend that I’m sure we’ll see continue through the year.”

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