19 states to fight nationwide anti-trans laws with plans to offer refuge to families affected
After reams of anti-trans laws sail through Republican held courts in the USA, a total of 19 Democratic held states are announcing plans for what is being dubbed ‘trans refuge legislation’, aimed directly at protecting trans youth and their families who are currently facing penalties and persecution across the nation.
California state Sen. Scott Wiener said on Monday: “We’re sick of just playing defense against what these red states are doing. We’re going on offense, we’re going to protect LGBQT kids and their families, and we’re going to build a rainbow wall to protect our community.”
California, Minnesota, and New York have already introduced similar trans refuge bills but they will now be joined by Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.
Victory Institute President and CEO Annise Parker said in a press release “When trans kids’ lives are on the line, playing defense doesn’t cut it. It’s time to play offense.”
Continuing, “We are using the collective power of LGBTQ state legislators all across the nation to launch a counteroffensive that aims to protect trans kids and parents while also demonstrating that there is a positive agenda for trans people that lawmakers can support.”
“While LGBTQ elected officials will fight tooth and nail to get these passed in every state, now we need allies to step up to help us get it done. And even in states that have little chance of these bills advancing, the message it sends is still incredibly important: Trans kids need to know they have leaders standing up and fighting for them.”
Following the bombshell leak over threats to Roe v. Wade and the now near constant slew of anti-LGBTQ+ laws sweeping the red states, it seems that we are moving ever closer to the Divided States of America.
After videos of politicians standing up for LGBTQ+ people, this is the first time we are seeing proper push back from whole states. It’s quite chilling how stark the difference in opinion from one state to the next is on such fundamental human rights matters.
One of the lawmakers behind a refuge bill, Minnesota state Sen. Scott Dibble said (3 May): “Politicians across the country are playing games with people’s lives by criminalizing the fundamental right of trans youth and their families to seek gender-affirming health care.”
“While we cannot stop these despicable laws from being enacted in other states, we can make sure that these youth and their families can safely receive the care they need in Minnesota, without fear or hatred.”
Washington state Sen. Marko Liias added: “It is clear that politicians are using vulnerable trans people to stoke fear and hatred to win elections. We will not allow our state laws to be abused to serve their political agenda. I look forward to seeing Washington State join a coalition of states that are standing up for the rights and dignity of trans people.”
This is SUCH an important step forward from the non-stop barrage of bad news for trans youth and LGBTQ+ families. The conservative right shout much louder in their bigotry so it’s encouraging to see lawmaker o the other side start to make some real noise.
With abortion rights in the balance, it won’t be long before they come for gay marriage and ALL LGBTQ+ rights.