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California - Residents replace copies of books stolen by anti-LGBTQ+ protesters. In June, anti-LGBTQ+ protesters checked out and then refused to return all the LGBTQ+-related books available in the San Diego library. Thanks to donations from the public, over $15,000 was provided to the library to support LGBTQ+-related programming.
Michigan - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs a ban on so-called “conversion therapy.” On July 26th, the Governor signed a ban on conversion therapy for minors in the state.
Texas - Texas county moves to restrict ‘explicit’ and ‘objectionable’ books at public libraries. A Texas county has voted to restrict access to certain books at public libraries. The county’s Commissioners Court voted on 11 July to limit “explicit” or “objectionable” material in public libraries to anyone under 18; this restriction includes LGBTQ+-themed books.
Washington - Successful Pride event in Arlington brings hundreds of LGBTQ+ supporters despite concerns of anti-LGBTQ+ protesters. Hundreds of LGBTQ+ supporters including PFLAGers showed up to celebrate the event called “Camp Pride,” despite rumors of organized counter protests. U.S. Representative Rick Larson (WA-2) attended and expressed his support for the LGBTQ+ community, the Equality Act, and the Transgender Bill of Rights.
Wisconsin - Gov. Tony Evers condemns hate group protest at Pride event. Gov. Evers expressed his disapproval of a hate group’s use of Nazi propaganda and intimidation in an effort to suppress a peaceful LGBTQ+ Pride event in Watertown.
Texas - Church firebombed weeks after being targeted by an anti-LGBTQ YouTuber. A church in Plano was set on fire a few weeks after being attacked online by a prominent anti-LGBTQ+ YouTuber. No injuries occurred, but an investigation is underway.