Iowa GOP reps wants to remove transgender people from state civil rights law

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Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. (Image by David Mark from Pixabay)

DES MOINES — A group of Republican state representatives want to repeal any protections for transgender people by removing them from the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

State Representatives Dean Fisher, Anne Osmundson, Terry Baxter, Tedd Gassman, Thomas Gerhold, Phil Thompson, Tom Jeneary, Skyler Wheeler, and Sandy Salmon released HF 2164 on Wednesday.

LGBTQ rights group One Iowa quickly condemned the bill.

“What these Representatives are doing is cynical political theatrics at their worst, said One Iowa Action Executive Director Courtney Reyes. “Allowing transgender Iowans to be fired from their jobs or denied housing simply because they are transgender is a new low, and they should be ashamed of themselves. Instead of concentrating on jobs, infrastructure, or education they are using the transgender community as a wedge issue in what will be a failed attempt to win votes in the upcoming election.

“Transgender Iowans deserve to be protected against discrimination and most legislators know that, which is why the Iowa legislature established such protections in a bipartisan vote well over a decade ago. We urge the Iowa legislature to focus on keeping Iowa a premiere destination for residents and visitors alike. These bills do not accomplish that goal and will be an impediment to Iowa businesses attracting, recruiting, and retaining the top talent needed for our state to succeed.”

This is the latest and most extreme anti-trans bill submitted in the Iowa legislature. Earlier this week, a bill that would bar any LGBTQ flags from being flown on government buildings was forwarded to committee.

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