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Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Barack Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004.

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President Barack Obama on anti-trans bills: ‘It breaks my heart, this is not who we are’

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In an interview with The Advocate, the former US president said it “breaks” his heart to see Republican lawmakers attempt to win over voters by targeting the transgender community. “For many years now, we’ve seen some Republicans seek political advantage by pitting us against one another, often by going after certain groups of people who just want equal treatment,” said Obama.

This year alone has seen 33 states introduce over 100 anti-trans bills to marginalise the community even further, particularly when it comes to transgender people competing in sports.

Last week, Florida became the latest state to ban transgender girls and women from competing in female sports, following in the footsteps of Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi,

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