Florida - Florida institutes new restrictions on gender-affirming care for youth. The Florida Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathic Medicine recently passed rules that prohibit gender-affirming care for trans youth in the state. Included in the rules is a ban on puberty blockers and hormone therapy for minors.
Indiana - “Don’t say gay” bill advances out of committee. A committee in the Indiana House of Representatives has advanced legislation that would ban LGBTQ+ topics from classroom discussion from kindergarten through third grade. Opponents of the bill, including PFLAG National, note the bill as discriminatory and motivated by prejudice against LGBTQ+ people and their families rather than concern for children’s safety.
Maryland - General Assembly considers trans rights bill. For its 2023 Session, the Maryland General Assembly will consider the Trans Health Equity Act which would require the state of Maryland to cover gender-affirming care under its state Medicaid and Medicare programs. This legislation comes as multiple states consider restricting gender-affirming care for trans youth and restrictions on LGBTQ+ inclusive school curriculum.
Mississippi - State Senate passes gender-affirming care ban. The State Senate passed a bill that would ban gender-affirming care for transgender minors on February 21st. Governor Tate Reeves has said he will sign the bill into law.
New York - Pride flag burned in attack outside New York City restaurant. In a possible hate crime, a woman burned an LGBTQ+ pride flag flying at a New York City restaurant. A security camera captured the crime on film. After the attack, local officials displayed a larger pride flag outside the restaurant to show support for the business and the local LGBTQ+ community.
Tennessee - Gender-affirming care ban heads to governor’s desk. The General Assembly passed HB1 on February 23rd with a 77-16 vote. Governor Lee is expected to sign the bill which, if enacted, would ban minors from receiving gender-affirming care, effective July 1st.
Utah - State moves towards banning conversion therapy. On February 24th, the state legislature passed a bill that bans LGBTQ+ conversion therapy for minors. The vote in the legislature was unanimous and the bill is likely to be signed into law by Governor Spencer Cox.
Virginia - Students voice objections to proposed restrictions on trans students. At a Feb. 14th school board meeting, students in Virginia Beach voiced opposition to a proposed policy from the state Department of Education. The proposed rule would bar transgender students from using bathrooms that conform to their gender identity and force schools to inform students’ parents if their child asked to be referred to by a different name or pronouns than indicated on their birth certificate.