Don't Forget, Trans People Are Loved

Chase Strangio and Henry Seaton attend a House Committee hearing on anti-trans legislation in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo: Chase Strangio)Henry Seaton (left) and Chase Strangio (right) attend a House Committee hearing on anti-trans legislation in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo: Chase Strangio)Fight back against the spread of misinformation perpetuated by mainstream news. Help independent media thrive by making a donation to Truthout today!

On Tuesday morning, I was sitting in a House Committee in Nashville, Tennessee witnessing what we thought was the demise of an anti-trans student bill.

The committee members were noticeably moved by the testimony of the young people and their families who would be impacted by the law. One mother urged the lawmakers, “what if this was your daughter? This isn’t black and white.” Her husband, a medical doctor, went on to implore the committee to think about the impact of their actions: “I understand these bills are about protecting people who may be uncomfortable around people like my daughter. Whatever that discomfort is, they will survive, but trans and intersex young people will not.” The bill, he explained, would cause deaths. The deaths of trans and intersex young people by suicide and by violence at the hands of others. He was certain. He was right. The committee was moved and voted to send the bill to a summer study, which effectively killed it.

Or so we thought.

Supporters of the anti-trans measure were so enraged by the committee’s actions that they threatened the father of the young girl who spoke out for his daughter as well as the lawmakers who supported him and his daughter’s humanity. Their hatred and threats brought the bill back and it is now moving through committees in both chambers. We will not stop fighting this horrible legislation.

And as the hate and vitriol of a group of Tennessee anti-trans lobbyists breathed new life into that measure, the North Carolina General Assembly took even more extreme action yesterday.

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