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Lawmakers, LGBTQ advocates expect transgender athlete ban proposal will return next session

BY: - May 21, 2021

Iowa lawmakers passed dozens of bills this week in a final sprint to the session’s finish line, but one proposal was notably absent: a ban on transgender athletes competing in women’s sports. Through the final weeks of session, Republican leaders said they were discussing the proposal, which Gov. Kim Reynolds had supported openly at a […]

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Anti-transgender bills are latest version of conservatives’ longtime strategy to rally their base

BY: - May 9, 2021

On April 6, 2021, despite Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto, Arkansas became the first state to prohibit physicians from providing gender-affirming medical care like hormone treatments designed to delay puberty in transgender youth. So-called “puberty blockers” are used to delay the physical changes associated with puberty and provide time for transgender young people to consider […]

Reynolds’ plan to restrict transgender children’s role in school sports faces opposition

BY: and - May 6, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ plan to restrict the participation of transgender children in school sports is facing opposition from Democrats and some Iowa faith leaders. At her press conference Wednesday, Reynolds reiterated her desire to sign legislation that will in some way limit the ability of transgender students to participate in sports alongside other children. She […]

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Dead bills are haunting the Capitol. Here’s one worth reviving.

BY: - May 3, 2021

The final days of the legislative session are like Halloween without the candy: The ghosts of dead bills start haunting the Capitol. In the past week or so, we’ve seen lawmakers try to resurrect a reduction in unemployment benefits, for example, that missed last month’s committee deadline. A ban on employers requiring COVID-19 vaccination for […]

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Sports remain hostile territory for LGBTQ Americans

BY: and - April 11, 2021

For all of the gains LGBTQ people have made over the past few decades, sports remain a highly visible reminder that homophobia and transphobia persist. In recent years, more professional athletes, from U.S. women’s soccer team player Tierna Davidson to Olympic gymnast Danell Leyva, have come out of the closet. However, locker rooms remain less […]

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Education secretary nominee says teachers should be prioritized for vaccines

BY: - February 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — The president’s pick to lead the U.S. Education Department said Wednesday that he wants teachers at the front of the line for vaccinations as local leaders debate reopening schools amid the pandemic. Miguel Cardona, a veteran educator from Connecticut, in his Senate confirmation hearing also faced questions from several Republicans about transgender students’ […]

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Iowa bills create restrictions for transgender students playing sports and lessons on LGBT topics

BY: - February 7, 2020

Local LGBT advocacy groups are condemning a pair of bills concerning Iowa schools, saying they would cause harm against a segment of students who may already feel discriminated against. Both bills were introduced in the Iowa House and are sponsored by 13 Republican legislators.  House File 2201 would require school districts to notify parents about […]