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01:35 – Moving testimony from trans youth and activists stall an anti-trans bill in Arizona
04:59 – Showtime has announced The L Word: Generation Q is coming back for Season 3
05:41 – We salute E. Lynn Harris during our Black History month spotlight
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Family, this is your favorite queer radio personality Anna DeShawn here with our queer news from today.
Moving testimony from trans youth and activists stall an anti-trans bill in Arizona. Showtime has announced The L Word: Generation Q is coming back for Season 3. We salute E. Lynn Harris during our Black History Month Spotlight.
Our leading story for today is out of Arizona where some of the most courageous trans youth and activists stood up and spoke out against anti-trans bill S.B. 1138. Their courage was not in vain either as they were able to flip one Republican vote to get the hateful bill stalled for now. This bill would prohibit gender-affirming care for trans youth and is only one of 15 anti-LGBTQ bills Arizona lawmakers have introduced in 2022. We are living in a time where anti-trans rhetoric is amplified not just inside the walls of the state legislature but in the media as well; i.e. the Dave Chappelle comedy special. I’ve been saying this and will continue to do so, this anti-LGBTQ campaign fueled by hate, fear, & ignorance from Republicans is some of the most disgusting politics we’ve seen in a long while.
One of the powerful testimonies came from 13-year old Skylar Morrison who spoke about her life and transition. She said that going through a testosterone puberty would be “so extremely harmful to me and my mental health” and she wouldn’t be here today if it were not for the medical care she could access. She went on to say, “I know who I am and I know who I continue to be and this bill is a direct roadblock in my journey to becoming fully comfortable in my own body.” I’ve included a link to the clip of Skylar’s testimony in the show notes. Take a moment and hear from her yourself.
"I know who I am and I know who I will continue to be and this bill is a direct roadblock in my journey to becoming fully comfortable in my own body."— Arizona Senate Democrats (@AZSenateDems) February 10, 2022
Thank you to Skylar for this moving testimony against #SB1138 #TransRightsAreHumanRights pic.twitter.com/LMp1nTo3y6
Skylar’s mom Chelsa Morrison of DFW Trans Kids and Families also testified and had this to say at the hearing. [PLAY CLIP]. Period. I know that’s right. She said it all. Due to moving testimonies just like these Republican state Sen. Tyler Pace sided with the three Democrats against the bill, leading to a 4-4 vote, and ultimately stalling the bill in committee. Pace said, “The testimonies we heard today about the many people who are using these avenues of medical treatments to save lives, to improve lives, I don’t want my vote to stop those great things.” It is moments like this that give some extra hope that open hearts can be changed.
Chelsa Morrison of DFW Trans Kids and Families speaks out against #SB1138 – which would ban gender-affirming health care for trans youth in Arizona.@RaquelTeran @ACLUaz @JulieGunnigle pic.twitter.com/bBmyZSehOn— Michael Edgecomb (@TheEdgePHX) February 9, 2022