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District of Columbia - LGBTQ+ Community invited to join MLK Day parade. Local LGBTQ+ activists and organizations have participated in the D.C. King Day parade in past years.
Indiana - Lawmakers introduce bill removing “gender” from the state code. “Gender” would be replaced with a very narrow definition of “biological sex,” effectively removing legal recognition of trans, non-binary, and intersex Indianans in state law.
Louisiana - Trans minors and their families sue to block state ban on their medical care. The suit was filed on January 9th in Louisiana District Court, with plaintiffs represented by Lambda Legal, the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School, and the Louisiana law firm Schonekas, Evans, McGoey & McEachin.
Maryland - Trans Health Equity Act takes effect. As of January 1st, the State’s Medicaid program is required to cover medical care for transgender Marylanders.
Ohio - State House overrides Governor’s veto of HB68. The Senate will hold a veto override vote on January 24th. The House voted on Jan. 10, (65-28), to override Gov. DeWine’s veto of a law to ban trans youth from accessing medical care and from playing school sports. Tell your state Senators to protect trans kids and vote NO on HB68!
Governor DeWine proposes regulations restricting access to medical care for trans Ohioans. The rules, proposed by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, apply to care being provided to trans Ohioans of all ages, and advocates warn they would be extremely difficult to comply with for most providers. Please submit a public comment to these agencies TODAY; tell them to oppose restrictive healthcare regulations in Ohio!
Oklahoma - Trans teen fights to update his gender identity on school documents. The teen and his family filed suit against the State Board of Education in December 2023 after the Board created an emergency rule requiring school districts to get state approval before changing gender markers on students’ private files. This prevented the student from changing his gender to male in spite of a court order to update his gender on all official records.
South Carolina - Bill to ban medical care for trans youth advances. The House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee voted to advance H 4624, which bans medical care for trans youth under 18 and blocks Medicaid funding for such care for youth under 26, on January 10th, within the first two days of the 2024 legislative session. Contact your legislator TODAY and tell them to VOTE NO on this harmful bill!
Virginia - Danica Roem sworn in as state’s first openly trans state senator. Ms. Roem previously served as the first openly trans person elected to the House of Delegates.