From state houses to Congress, anti-trans fights arrive in Washington

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07/28/2023

When AJ DePre, a trans rights organizer, heard that a House subcommittee was holding a hearing about “The Dangers and Due Process Violations of ‘Gender-Affirming Care,’” on Thursday, they spent the day making calls to their family in Belgium to assess if they could move to Europe. “I felt scared and ready to leave,” they said. For months, DePre, 30, closely watched state after state attempt to ban gender affirming care for minors, as well as adults; so for them, they said, the pivot from state legislatures to a House Subcommittee was unsurprising. “It felt inevitable that these issues would be discussed at the federal level,” they said.

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