Democratic Montana State Representative Zooey Zephyr (HD-100) has been silenced by the House Republican supermajority for the remainder of the legislative session.
She will lose all speaking privileges and will vote online. Prior to the vote that barred her from participating on the House floor after she protested House Republican leaders’ decision earlier in the week to silence her, Zephyr said: “It is my honor today to rise on behalf of my constituents for members of house district 100, and my members who elected me to represent them This legislature has systematically attacked that community.
We have seen bills targeting our art forms, our books, our history, and our healthcare. And I rose up in defense of my community that day, speaking to harms that these bills bring.” “A trans teen attempted to take their life watching that hearing.
In that hearing, our caucus pleaded to the leader of that hearing to keep decorum and we were told that many people have many different opinions about those things.” “If you use decorum to silence people who hold you accountable, then all you are doing is using decorum as a tool for oppression.