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Indiana bills take aim at transgender people

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Two bills filed in the Indiana House of Representatives would restrict restroom access for transgender people and make it harder to update birth certificates.

Indianapolis TV station WISH reported that both bills had been filed by State Rep. Bruce Borders, a Republican from southwestern Indiana. House Bill 1458 would prevent changes to birth certificates as it relates to gender except for correction a typo. The other bill, House Bill 1456, would make it a misdemeanor to go into a restroom not consistent with the gender assigned at birth.

The bills are filed as the Biden administration moves to support LGBTQ protections and Illinois is considering a bill that makes it easier to update the gender on a birth certificate.

“What direction do we want to go in as Hoosiers? There’s been so much positive progress that has been made across the country with relation to LGBTQ rights,” Veronica Pejril, Greencastle city councilor and Indiana’s first transgender elected official, told WISH.

“None of the authors of these bills have put forth any credible reason why why people’s rights need to be limited. There’s not really instances of the kinds of things that they theorize might happen,” Kit Malone with the ACLU of Indiana told the TV station.

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