The legislative fight to pass discriminatory anti-transgender legislation has been fast and furious, with a significant number of bills seeing hearings and votes in recent weeks. Opponents of equality failed to claw back marriage equality and failed in their push for bathroom bills. This legislation is simply the latest iteration of attacks in their failing fight to discriminate against LGBTQ people. Last week, eight bills in seven states saw hearings. There are so far 93 anti-LGBTQ bills under consideration in state legislatures across the country. Of those, 48 directly target transgender people. These bills are not addressing any real problem, and they’re not being requested by constituents. Rather, this effort is being driven by national far-right organizations attempting to score political points by sowing fear and hate. What they don’t understand is opposing equality is highly unpopular — even among Trump voters — and states that pass legislation that attacks our community will face severe economic, legal, and reputational harm. In many cases, these legislative pushes are being prioritized above COVID-19 response and relief.
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