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February 2024

Some states seek to deny transgender and nonbinary people’s rights by legally defining sex"Critics argue the proposals to legally define sex as binary are essentially erasing transgender and nonbinary people’s existences by making it as difficult as possible for them to update documents, use facilities and generally participate authentically in public life." Read more. 

Iowa lawmakers decline to advance bill that would remove gender identity from the state’s civil rights law — "The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a pro-LGBTQ advocacy group, celebrated the bill’s failure to advance in a Thursday post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. 'WIN: An Iowa House subcommittee announced they will NOT advance a bill that would have removed gender identity from Iowa’s Civil Rights Act!' the HRC said in its post." Read more. 

As anti-trans legislation proliferates in 2024, community fears erasure from public view — "'For years, transgender people have warned of radical anti-LGBTQ+ forces’ true aim: to abuse governmental power to take away our freedoms and drive trans people out of public society,' said Kelley Robinson, the organization’s president, in a statement decrying what she called a “sinister agenda." 'They want to humiliate, harass and use policy to eliminate transgender people from public life,' she said." Read more. 

Transgender bathroom bills are back. Does the nation care? — "A transgender “bathroom ban” in North Carolina caused a national uproar in 2016. Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, Nick Jonas and a long list of other A-list performers canceled shows in the state. Global corporations Deutsche Bank and PayPal torpedoed plans to expand in Cary and Charlotte. The NCAA moved its scheduled championship games elsewhere. Now, eight years later, after Utah passed a similar bill on Monday, the reaction beyond the state’s borders appears to be more of a shrug." Read more. 

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