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California - LGBTQ+ friendly church vandalized. Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Fresno had windows broken and a Proud Boys sticker attached to the outside. The Pastor, Bill Knezovich, believes the church was targeted by the Proud Boys who protested the church in December for hosting a family friendly drag show. PFLAG Fresno is engaged with community support and healing.
District of Columbia - Whitman-Walker Health to host ‘D.C. Pride Prom’. The May 16th event will be free and open to students ages 16-19 as a safe gathering for queer youth in D.C. Space will permit 100 students to attend.
Florida - State Board of Education expands ‘Don’t Say Gay’ restrictions. The Board voted to extend the ban on instruction of gender identity and sexual orientation from Kindergarten through 3rd grade to K-12th grade.
Equality Florida issues travel warning. Equality Florida cited new anti-LGBTQ+ laws, abortion restrictions, gun laws and curriculum censorship to explain the warning’s need.
Kentucky - State Department of Education issues LGBTQ+ curriculum censorship guidance to school districts. The recommendations comply with a new state law restricting LGBTQ+ education. The guidance calls for removing any mention of sexual orientation or gender identity from the curriculum.
Minnesota - State Senate to vote on sanctuary state bill. The bill, which passed the House on March 24th, would prevent state courts or officials from complying with child-removal requests, extraditions, arrests or subpoenas related to medically necessary health care that a person receives or provides in Minnesota. A similar measure was passed in California last year, and other states are debating bills to protect such care amid a nationwide attack on transgender rights.
Missouri - State to restrict healthcare for transgender people of all ages. Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey issued an emergency regulation that will take effect April 27th and require at least 18 months of therapy, among other restrictions, before Missourians can receive such care.
Montana - State Senate accepts Governor's changes to healthcare ban. The changes to Senate Bill 99 requested by Governor Gianforte include stipulating that government funds cannot be used for medically necessary procedures and changing the legal definition of male and female. The additions were approved 31-19 by the Senate.
Nebraska - State legislature advances ban on healthcare for trans minors. The Legislature voted 33 to 16 on April 13th to advance LB574, which faces one more vote before it is sent to the Governor to be signed or vetoed.
North Dakota - Governor signs ban limiting healthcare for trans people into law. Governor Doug Burgum signed HB 1254 into law on April 19th, making providers criminally liable if they provide medically necessary care to a trans person under the age of 18.
Oregon - Oregon Pride in Business debuts new business resource. The Economic Empowerment Center, located in Portland’s Q Center will provide job readiness programs for LGBTQ+ Oregonians, including in-person workshops.
Tennessee - President of Music Business Association opposes anti-LGBTQ+ laws. Portia Sabin announced that the association is “righteously indignant” over the recent legislation in the state that bans necessary healthcare for trans minors.
Texas - House Public Health Committee approves healthcare ban. SB14 and HB1686 were advanced out of the committee on April 14th and will now be reviewed by the Calendars Committee. Both bills would require youth currently receiving puberty blockers or hormone therapy to titrate off of their treatment.
LGBTQ+ rally at state Capitol. On April 15th Hundreds of community members and their supporters marched to the south steps of the capitol to protest the anti-LGBTQ+ bills being passed in the legislature this session.