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Legislative attacks on transgender youths

Gay, lesbian and transgender activists react to the unanimous decision by the Iowa Supreme Court earlier in the day recognizing same sex marriage as a civil right during a celebration on April 3, 2009, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. (David Greedy/Getty Images/TNS)

By Abby Kozal

Bills banning gender-affirming care are spreading across the country. In the past week alone, states like South Dakota, Tennessee, and Arkansas have proposed legislation preventing transgender teens from receiving gender-affirming care, such as hormone treatments and therapy. 

“The legislation is targeting transgender and nonbinary people,” Kierra Johnson, executive director of the National LGBTQ Task stated. “…And they are targeting children.” The National LGBTQ Task Force is fighting over these bills to help protect trans teens civil rights.

In Michigan, House Bill 4075, a civil rights act, has been proposed. Changes want to be made to this bill by the Michigan Catholic Conference to allow religious groups to discriminate based on sexual and gender identity. 

“This is not going to be a big fight,” stated Senator Jeremy Moss in a press conference. As a sponsor of the bill, he was confident this change to the bill wouldn’t go through. “This isn’t going to be a fight at all.” 

These bills are among the many that have been attacking LGBTQ+ rights in America. 

However, the United States isn’t the only country suffering from attacks on the LGBTQ+ community. Earlier this week, a 16-year-old trans girl was found dead in Warrington, England. 

Brianna Ghey was found dead in a park on Saturday, Feb. 11. Police are saying there is not enough evidence at this time to suggest a hate crime was committed. 

Regardless, Ghey’s death is yet another hit against the transgender community. An overwhelming amount of support has been sent towards Ghey and her family. On the last video Ghey posted to her TikTok account, thousands of comments were left on her last video, mourning her. The GoFundMe account set up by her family for her funeral has far surpassed its goal of $4,800, currently having raised above $132,000. If you wish to donate to Ghey’s family, you can find the GoFundMe here.

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