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Anti-Trans Legislative Push Starts Again in 2022

Above: A protest against anti-transgender legislation in South Dakota last year, photographed by Greg Latza/ACLUAfter a year in which state lawmakers considered and passed a record number of anti-transgender bills, the process is starting again.Legislators in at least seven states introduced a total of nine anti-trans bills in the first few days of 2022, NBC News reports. The states are Arizona, Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, and South Dakota.Most of the measures would restrict the rights of trans and nonbinary young people, including their ability to compete in school sports under their gender identity, receive gender-affirming health care, or use the restroom of their choice.“Unfortunately, I think we’re getting ready to watch a race to the bottom among legislators who are in a competition to see who can do the most harm to trans kids,” Gillian Branstetter, a trans activist and media manager for the National Women’s Law Center, told NBC News.

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