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California - Anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes rise. Attorney General Rob Bonta issued a “State of Pride Report” on June 20th which found that hate crime events motivated by sexual orientation have increased by 29% since 2021.
Florida - Board of Osteopathic Medicine approves emergency rule allowing transgender community to continue receiving medically necessary care. Physicians will be able to renew orders for puberty blockers and hormone therapy, so long as no changes are made to the prescriptions, while the Board considers other regulations to comply with the ban on medically necessary care for the trans community, which was signed into law in May.
Michigan - State House passes LGBTQ+ hate crimes bill, moves to Senate. The bill passed the House by a vote of 59-50 on June 20th and, should it pass the Senate and be signed into law, would prohibit intimidation, harassment, threats or harm based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or age.
North Carolina - State Legislature considers slate of anti-LGBTQ+ bills. Bans on medically necessary care for trans youth and anti-trans athlete bans are moving quickly through the legislature.
Tennessee - Vanderbilt University Medical Center gives medical records of trans patients to Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General is conducting an investigation into potential medical billing fraud and requested records from Vanderbilt related to "billing for transgender care services provided to individuals enrolled in State-sponsored insurance plans." The state's investigation is focused on the facility and certain providers, not patients. Legal organizations are actively pursuing response options for Tennesseans. Stay tuned.
Kansas man charged for making threats against Nashville Pride Festival. Josh Hensley is being charged with two counts of transmitting an interstate threat against Nashville Pride. Nashville Pride Festival & Parade will be held as scheduled from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 24th and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 25th.