Iowa law on gender-affirming surgery generates more litigation

BY: - July 27, 2021

This story has been updated from the original version to correct Mika Covington’s first name. The state of Iowa is facing yet another round of litigation over efforts to ban Medicaid coverage for gender-affirming surgery. In 2019, the Iowa Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that said state regulations denying Medicaid coverage for […]

Partnership vows to fight return of bills that aren’t ‘welcoming’

BY: - June 3, 2021

The Greater Des Moines Partnership on Thursday vowed to continue its fight against Iowa legislative proposals the business group considers unwelcoming. Andrea Woodard, the Partnership’s senior vice president of government relations, said the goal is “ensuring that Iowa remains a welcoming state that is open for business.”  Someone attending the Partnership’s virtual forum Thursday asked […]

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 […]

ACLU challenges Iowa law restricting public funds for transgender medical care

BY: - April 22, 2021

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa filed a lawsuit Thursday against a state law that exempts Medicaid and other public insurance plans from funding transition-related surgeries for transgender individuals. The national ACLU LGBTQ & HIV Project and the ACLU of Iowa filed the lawsuit jointly on behalf of Aiden Vasquez, a transgender Iowan who […]

U.S. Senate panel advances nomination of transgender doctor for HHS post

BY: - March 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Dr. Rachel Levine of Pennsylvania moved one step closer on Wednesday to becoming the highest-ranking openly transgender official in the federal government. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 13-9 to advance Levine’s nomination to serve as assistant secretary of Health and Human Services for a vote by the full Senate. […]

Parents would need to consent to gender identity curriculum under Senate bill

BY: - February 16, 2021

Parents would need to provide written consent for elementary school students to discuss gender identity at school under a bill moving through the Iowa Senate. Senate File 167 would prohibit Iowa elementary schools from teaching about gender identity, defined as the “gender-related identity of a person, regardless of the person’s assigned sex at birth,” without […]

Transgender school bathroom restrictions advance in Iowa Senate

BY: - February 10, 2021

Liz Lundberg’s voice shook as she considered the possibility that her young, transgender daughter might have to use the boys’ restroom in school. “Callie, my 5-year-old girl, in kindergarten, would face harassment, bullying and possibly assault if she used the boys’ bathroom,” Lundberg said. “But she would be breaking the law and could get in […]