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Creep: Idaho Legislators

The national political and legal landscape for transgender youth in Idaho is … not great!

While it should be absolutely appalling that elected leaders in Idaho (where they have a Republican majority) are focused on hurting a very small and very vulnerable population of kids, it, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to bother enough people to stop it.

After an emergency appeal by the state’s attorney general, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that it was A-OK for Idaho to ban transgender care for minors and make it a felony to provide such care.

According to The New York Times, “Although orders on the emergency docket often include no reasoning, the decision included concurrences by Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who was joined by Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Clarence Thomas, and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, who was joined by Justice Amy Coney Barrett.”

In other words, the court’s most conservative members were all, “You go, Idaho! Ban them trans kids! Jail those doctors!”

In a statement, the American Civil Liberties Union called the ruling “an awful result for transgender youth and their families.”

“Today’s ruling allows the state to shut down the care that thousands of families rely on while sowing further confusion and disruption,” the statement continues. “Nonetheless, today’s result only leaves us all the more determined to defeat this law in the courts entirely, making Idaho a safer state to raise every family.”

Sadly, that’s not the end of the bad news in Idaho.

According to The Advocate, “The Idaho State Legislature adjourned its 2024 session … having passed three new laws that target gender-affirming care, permit the practice of misgendering and deadnaming in public schools, and define gender as a binary sexual concept. Republican Gov. Brad Little signed all three bills.”

As The Advocate reports, one of the bills “defines gender as a synonym for biological sex and ‘shall not be considered a synonym for gender identity, an internal sense of gender, experienced gender, gender expression, or gender role.’”

Another bill “bans public funds, including Medicaid, from covering gender-affirming care.”

The third bill “allows educators and students to misgender or deadname others without any resulting disciplinary action.”

On March 4, LGBTQ+ supporters held a rally led by the progressive activist group March Fourth in protest of the proposed bills.

DAnne Witkowski

D'Anne Witkowski is a poet, writer and comedian living with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBT politics for over a decade. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski.

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