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The South Dakota senate passes a bill to prevent trans athletes from participating in sports. 58 trans celebrities show up to fight the anti-trans bill in Arkansas which bans gender-affirming care. It’s Friday which means I’m dropping podcast recommendations just for you.
Our leading story for today is coming out of South Dakota where their state senate has pushed through the first anti-trans bill of 2022. If you all remember there were over 150 anti-trans & anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in 2021 in state legislatures across the country. It was a calculated onslaught of hate orchestrated by the Republican party. From sports bills, to bathroom bills, to health care bills. They did everything they could to erase & limit access for trans folks in particular. Well South Dakota has now passed Senate Bill 46, 26-7, after less than an hour of debate, in favor of mandating that interscholastic, intercollegiate, intramural or club athletic team, sport or athletic event” divide athletes into teams based on their “biological sex at birth”. This essentially bans trans folks from participating in sports in South Dakota. Cathryn Oakley, state legislative director and senior counsel for the Human Rights Campaign had this to say, “The South Dakota legislature has been rehashing the same conversation about trans youth participation in school sports for years and yet there still is no evidence that transgender youth participating in school sports has posed an actual problem.” Now this bill moves into a House committee, if it passes it will go to the house floor for debate and if it passes there it will head to the governor’s desk who will surely sign it as she’s all in for this type of discrimation. What a mess.
In other political news 58 trans celebrities, elected officials, and notable people – including Elliot Page, Jazz Jennings, Miss Major, and Delaware state Sen. Sarah McBride (D) – have joined the Transgender Legal Defense and Education fund to file a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a case fighting to overturn a discriminatory Arkansas law. That was a mouthful but ya’ll remember me mentioning the 150+ anti-trans & anti-LGBTQ bills introduced last year. Well this is one that passed and it passed with a lot of drama in tow. Get this, the bill is actually called The Save Adolescents from Experimentation Act (SAFE). That alone is so problematic and this bill passed after the legislature actually overrode the governor’s veto of this bill which is simply unheard of. This bill bans doctors from providing gender-affirming care of any kind to trans youth, including hormone therapy and reversible puberty blockers. Why the government wants to override a family’s right to choose and decide what’s best for their child is wild to me. Especially when we are talking about Republicans who claim to want less government control. We all know that they only mean that when it’s convenient for them. Let me continue, organizations or facilities providing this gender-affirming care can lose state funding and state-operated health insurance can no longer cover such care, so doctors that continue to do so will risk losing their license.
Now, I had to google what a friend of the court brief actually was and it’s essentially a legal brief where someone who is not a party to a case assists a court by offering information, expertise, or insight that has a bearing on the issues in the case. In this case, the 58 trans individuals provided statements on their life experiences and why gender affirming care is so incredibly important. Elliot Page shared, “I couldn’t believe the amount of energy I had, ideas, how my imagination flourished, because the constant discomfort and pain around that aspect of my body was gone.” Director Lilly Wachowski wrote, “When I started living as my true self, I would sometimes catch short sharp glimpses of my reflection in windows and cars as I’d walk along or ride my bike. It would make my heart skip a beat. The silhouette of my shadow on the ground cast by the afternoon sun was exhilarating and life affirming. If no one else did, the Sun saw me as I am”. All we can do is hope this massive effort helps to support the four families and two doctors who filed this counter suit and took the risk to fight.
Well,it’s Friday and we have this new tradition of me using Fridays to provide podcasting recommendations. The first week it was some LGBTQ podcasts, last week was some NFT podcasts, and today I want to share 5 true crime podcasts shared by homie DJ Tricey Trice. Definitely go follow her on Instagram & TikTok. Now True Crime is one of the most popular podcast categories which makes so much sense because Americans are obsessed with crime & murder mysteries. So if you’re into that type of thing here are 5 you may want to check out; Killer Instinct, My Favorite Murder, Casefile, Criminal, & Someone Knows Something. Let us know if you get into any of these.
@djtriceytrice 5 TRUE CRIME PODCASTS 🕵🏽♀️ (PART 2) #greenscreen #fyp #podcastrecommendation #truecrime #truecrimeobsessed #podcast ♬ Scary Sounds – Bobby Cole