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TRANSGENDER FLORIDIANS AND THEIR ALLIES SHOWED UP TO THE STATE CAPITOL: Hundreds of organizers showed up in Tallahassee yesterday, marching through the state capital and calling attention to the wave of discriminatory anti-transgender legislation that has pervaded the Sunshine State. "As we march through the streets of Florida, let our collective voice echo: We will not be erased, legislated against, or silenced,” said Cielo Sunsarae, executive director of the Queer Trans Project. The march comes on the heels of the introduction of HB 1639, which would require transgender people to have their sex assigned at birth listed on their driver’s licenses. Florida Senate President, Kathleen Passidomo, however, said yesterday that the bill won’t come for a full floor vote. We’ll be watching, Senator Passidomo.
WE CALLED IT—ALABAMA’S IVF RULING WAS INEVITABLE AFTER ROE v WADE FELL: Two years ago, HRC’s Senior Director of Legal Policy, Cathryn Oakley, published an op-ed outlining how overturning of Roe v. Wade would have dangerous consequences for all reproductive healthcare. Now, in a recent ruling, Alabama’s Supreme Court has decided that embryos that have not been implanted in a uterus have legal status as children, threatening the ability of LGBTQ+ people to conceive children using in vitro fertilization in the state. To learn more about these attacks on reproductive freedom, read the full article here.
SUPPORT BY THE THOUSANDS POUR IN FOR TEXAS TEACHER PLACED ON LEAVE FOR SIMPLY WEARING A DRESS: A high school teacher in Carrollton, Texas, known for creating a safe space for many of his students, was placed on leave earlier this month for simply wearing a pink dress on the school’s spirit day. A video of Rachmad Tjachyadi wearing the vibrant dress, accompanied by a hat and boots, was posted by the far-right Libs of TikTok account on X, formerly known as Twitter. The account, run by a recent addition to an Oklahoma library board (one who shall not be named), ignited a series of hateful and incendiary commentary. As the online activity continued, the local school district made the decision to place Tjachyadi on leave. A change.org petition was subsequently started in protest, gaining over 13,000 signatures supporting Tjachyadi.