Gender-affirming care bans introduced in 26 states. Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas all have at least 10 active bills aiming to ban gender-affirming care for trans youth.
California - Huntington Beach City Council votes against flying Pride flag at city government buildings. In a 4-3 vote on February 7th, the City Council voted to repeal a 2021 ordinance allowing the Pride flag to fly at city government buildings during Pride Month. Now, only flags representing government entities and the military will be raised at municipal buildings.
Florida - More than one million books subject to review in Duval County schools. The Stop WOKE Act and the Parental Rights in Education Act- also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law- require Florida public schools to review books for content on race, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Georgia - Forced outing bill and gender-affirming care ban introduced in State Senate. SB140 would ban gender-affirming care for trans Georgians under 18 while SB141 would require school officials to out trans students to their parents.
Iowa - State House approves LGBTQ+ panic defense ban. The bill passed on February 9th with only one member of the state house voting no.
Kansas - Gender-affirming care ban, other anti-trans bills introduced in State Legislature. The legislature is currently considering bills banning gender-affirming care for trans youth, a trans athlete ban, and a bill barring trans women from using public spaces intended for women.
Kentucky - Bill allowing misgendering of trans students heard in State Senate. The Senate Education Committee is considering SB150, which would protect students and teachers who intentionally misgender trans students at school.
Missouri - Attorney General announces investigation into gender-affirming care at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Attorney General Andrew Bailey announced the investigation on February 9th, following the publication of an op-ed alleging misconduct at the hospital.
South Dakota - Governor Noem signs gender-affirming care ban into law. South Dakota is the second state to ban gender-affirming care this year, after Utah.
Tennessee - State Senate approves gender-affirming care ban. SB1, which would ban gender-affirming care for trans Tennesseans under 18, now heads to the State House for consideration. Several advocacy groups have announced plans to file a lawsuit should the bill be signed into law.
Texas - Gov. Abbott announces support for trans athlete ban in college sports. The governor spoke at the Young America’s Foundation Freedom conference in Dallas, saying the legislature planned to pass a law extending Texas’s athlete ban, which currently covers kindergarten through high school, through college.