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Hillary and Chelsea Clinton on Gutsy’s Queer Visibility and Being Vulnerable

In their compelling new series Gutsy, Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton amplify women from around the country and beyond who live their lives with grit and fearlessness often amid trying circumstances. The eight-episode odyssey now airing on Apple TV+ takes viewers from a bowling alley with Wanda Sykes to a drag prom in Arkansas to the wilds of the Catskills where Chelsea learns to rappel.Born out of their 2019 The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience, which profiles women in history like Harriet Tubman and Clara Barton along with modern-day changemakers like Malala Yousafzi and Greta Thunberg, Gutsy the series is an intersectional journey of empowerment that is also deeply heartwarming and funny.

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Jared Polis Says GOP Push for Anti-LGBTQ Laws 'Overreach' and 'Un-American'
Jared Polis on Sunday said that Republicans' push for anti-LGBTQ laws is "un-American" and an "overreach.""These hard policies about saying certain youth can't play sports, and certain people aren't allowed in certain places, or micromanaging what restroom people use and mandating what they do are really, frankly, un-American and are an example of Republican overreach, which will ultimately hurt their party, if they can't espouse the full diversity of the American people," the Democrat said during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union with host Dana Bash.The host asked him about his reaction to a clip that showed South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem during a conference responding to questions related to LGBTQ issues in the state.On Thursday, a reporter asked Noem what she thought about a statistic, by HelpAdvisor, that stated that around 90 percent of the state's LGBTQ residents reported experiencing depression and anxiety, to which the GOP governor said, "I don't know. That makes me sad, and we should figure it out."Commenting on the clip, Polis noted that words and laws matter when it comes to dealing with issues related to the LGBTQ community."Look, words matter.
Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton Introduces Anti-Trans Prison Bill
Arkansas introduced a bill today that would require the Bureau of Prisons to house inmates according to their assigned sex at birth and not their gender identity.Cotton’s bill — titled “Preventing Violence Against Female Inmates Act” — would prevent prisons from designating a separate housing option for inmates based on their gender identity.In a transphobic press release, Cotton said “a prison would be free to set up specific housing units for transgender inmates based on security, medical, or programming needs,” however, they could not be housed with cisgender women or men. According to the LGBTQ+ news site Xtra, the legislation was introduced in response to a leaked Department of Justice (DOJ) report about a proposed executive order from President Joe Biden that would require prisons to assign housing in alignment with an inmate’s gender identity. “My bill will stop the president’s ill-conceived plan and keep men and women separated in federal prison,” Cotton said. Gabriel Arkles, senior counsel at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund’s (TLDEF), told Xtra that Cotton’s bill is “scapegoating transgender women” and endangers them further.“Anyone concerned with violence against women should be worried about the staggering rate of sexual violence against transgender women in men’s prisons,” Arkles said.President Biden's administration had attempted to bring back policies from the Obama administration that had allowed inmates to be housed according to their gender identity.