Bill to strip transgender Iowans of rights dead on arrival

DES MOINES — A bill that would have removed transgender people from the state’s civil rights law was stopped before it even got to a subcommittee.

The Associated Press reported on Thursday that State Rep. Steven Holt, Repubilican chairman of the state House Judiciary Committee, would not allow the bill to move forward.

“It’s dead,” Holt told the AP. “It just would have had a lot of unintended consequences.”

More states introduce bills attacking trans kids

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky and South Dakota have introduced bills that would criminalize providing transgender kids with transition related healthcare.

If passed, the bills would punish both medical providers and parents supporting transgender children.

The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that a bill sponsored by state Rep. Savannah Maddox, would make it a felony for medical providers to prescribe medications, including puberty-blocking or hormone treatments, or conduct surgeries, for anyone younger than 18 with the intent to alter their gender.

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

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.