Governor Ducey also signed legislation Wednesday that prohibits gender-affirming care for Arizona trans children, while banning trans girls from school sports teams that align with their gender identity. In a statement, the ACLU of Arizona said, “Governor Ducey’s decision to sign this harmful and discriminatory piece of legislation into law is nothing more than a political ploy to score points with extremist lawmakers and hateful groups peddling falsehoods and manufactured outrage.”
Elsewhere, Oklahoma Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a similar ban on trans women and girls in public schools and colleges. The Arizona and Oklahoma bills were signed one day before the International Transgender Day of Visibility — observed today, March 31. Ahead of the occasion, trans activist and organizer Raquel Willis held a Trans Youth Town Hall with trans and gender nonconforming youth.
Kairu: “It is insane how taxing that must be on someone who just wants to do something that they love, do something that is good for them and be a part of a team and have that spirit.”
Miles: “A lot of the science saying that there’s problems with trans people doing things and they’ll have unfair advantages, there’s plenty of other research out there that says otherwise, right?”
Eli: “Why aren’t we talking about the fact that I’m 5’6”, 5’7”, on a good day?”
Eli: “I’m not playing basketball.”
Eli: “I think that there are a lot of issues that people just pass over just to marginalize and target trans people.”