West Virginia Conservatives Want to Legally Define Trans People as “Obscene”

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01/12/2024

West Virginia State Sen. Michael Azinger (R) introduced a slew of anti-transgender bills on Wednesday, including one that would ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth and one sanctioning conversion therapy. “Even though it’s just the second day of the session, nine bills that oppose LGBTQ+ rights have already been introduced, with a heavy focus on the trans community in West Virginia,” Ash Orr, transgender activist from West Virginia, said on social media. SB 194 would prohibit transgender people from accessing gender-affirming care until 21 and defines being transgender as a “sexual deviation,” similar to pedophilia, exhibitionism, masochism, sadomasochism or fetishism. The bill would make providers of gender-affirming care subject to a fine of up to $10,000 and could lead to revocation of a medical professional’s medical license.

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