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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 […]

LGBT students escorted out of the Capitol after complaint of transgender kids in restroom

BY: - March 12, 2020

Over 150 LGBT students were escorted out of the Iowa Capitol on Thursday after a group of transgender kids refused to leave the men’s restroom and use gender-neutral bathrooms instead, according to Iowa Safe Schools, an LGBT student advocacy group. Middle- and high-school students draped in rainbow flags toured the Capitol in the morning as […]

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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 […]