BATON ROUGE, LA — Today, the Louisiana state legislature sent Senate Bill 156, an anti-transgender bill that would ban transgender girls and women from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity, to Governor John Bel Edwards. Edwards has previously said that he opposes the measure and plans to veto it.
Louisiana is one of more than thirty states that have either considered or passed restrictions against transgender athletes. Six states — Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Montana, and West Virginia — have enacted anti-transgender legislation this session.
There are so far more than 250 anti-LGBTQ bills under consideration in state legislatures across the country. Of those, more than half directly target transgender people and more than 70 would, like SB 156, ban transgender girls and women from participating in sports consistent with their gender identity.
2021 has officially surpassed 2015 as the worst year for anti-LGBTQ legislation in recent history. So far in 2021, twenty-three anti-LGBTQ bills have been enacted into law. States have now enacted more anti-LGBTQ laws this year than in the last three years combined.
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