This past legislative session state legislatures were inundated by an unprecedented and widespread legislative attack on trans youth. From criminalizing doctors for providing medically necessary treatment to transgender youth to excluding transgender youth from participating in sports, conservative legislators have laid bare a coordinated strategy to deny the transgender community, especially trans youth, equal protection under the law. Most of those bills have failed despite the cruelty of this political environment. This panel will explore these bills from a range of perspectives: organizers and lobbyists who fought these bills, the lawyers challenging the bills should they become law, and the research on the individuals and organizations behind this slate of hate.
Speakers: Jasmine Beach-Ferrera (Campaign for Southern Equality); Alejandra Caraballo (Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund); Heron Greenesmith (Political Research Associates); Asaf Orr (National Center for Lesbian Rights); Libby Skarin (ACLU of South Dakota)
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