It has been transgender activists this week Occupation of the State Capitol Buildings across the country to protest legislation that limits gender transition procedures for children and the teaching of gender identity in classrooms.
The protests came the same week The police identified a transgender person As the shooter responsible for killing six people, including three 9-year-olds, in Monday’s shooting at a Christian private school in Nashville.
A crowd of LGBTQ activists demonstrated Friday at the Florida Capitol after the state’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill that would restrict the way teachers and students can use preferred pronouns in schools. The legislation also enhances the ability of parents, students and others to object to educational materials and school library books.
This measure was passed on the International Transgender Day of Visibility, when many transgender parades were held across the country. Students packed the Florida Capitol and shouted in protest, chanting “This is what democracy looks like” and calling for schools to be taken over.
Two days ago in KentuckyState police confirmed the arrest of 19 people at the Capitol as large crowds gathered to protest Republican lawmakers’ veto of legislation banning puberty blockers, hormones and intersex transmissions for children under 18.
The bill also bans lessons on gender identity and sexual orientation, requires trans students to use the bathroom of their biological sex and bars school districts from requiring teachers to use a student’s pronouns if they do not align with their sex at birth.
At the same time on Wednesday, hundreds of protesters descended on the Missouri State Capitol after the Republican-led Senate passed legislation barring transgender youth under 18 from receiving gender-affirming health care such as puberty blockers and hormonal treatments. The state Senate also passed a bill banning transgender students from participating in sports teams that identify with their gender identity.
“We’re clearly shown today in love and in community, but we’re also shown in righteous anger and anger,” Katie Erker Lynch, executive director of PROMO, a public policy and LGBTQ advocacy organization, said during the protest.
Two days ago in Texas, groups of transgender activists stormed the Capitol while the state house was debating a similar bill banning Transition procedures between the sexes For children. Protesters chanted “protect trans children” and lay on the ground, apparently trying to block those trying to pass.
Texas protest On the same day as the Covenant School shooting in Nashville. Police say the shooter was Audrey Hill, a 28-year-old transgender woman who was a former student at a private Christian school. Hill, who was killed after responding officers were shot, left behind a statement, according to authorities, who have not ruled out gender identity as a motive.
On Thursday, dozens of demonstrators The Tennessee State Capitol was swept awayasking lawmakers to take action on gun violence when they appeared to be mourning Hill’s death.
One protester can be heard saying in a video posted on social media: “Every death is a tragedy, everyone. Seven lives.”
Seven people were killed in the shooting, including Hill.