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Thank you as always for making these maps. Still heartbreaking to see all the red, but I find solace in knowing we will win in the end.

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We have to work to challenge unconstitutional laws, and to have a Supreme Court that will uphold the Constitution. I would like to believe the Court will rule the right way, but given what happened with the abortion precedent being overturned, I can't bet on it. Trans rights are on the ballot, in presidential and senatorial races.

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One of the important take-home messages from Erin’s maps is that a state’s status REALLY matters. What I mean by that is that nearly every light or dark blue state has maintained or even increased its degree of protectiveness over the past year - while the vast majority of reddish states on the map have only gotten worse. Even momentarily hopeful situations in such states l(e.g. Louisiana) have found a way to quickly turn around. Maybe I’m just re-phrasing Erin’s article, but...past performance does seem to strongly influence future results. The degree of anti-trans animosity in these red states is astounding, and appears very deeply rooted in their politics and not amenable to very much, except favorable court rulings

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I always feel like I have to keep bringing this inconvenient fact up Refugee laws as the name applies only protect you if you are crossing the state line to stay, you have limited to no protection if you are going to the State for treatment and returning to your own state and because of the way many Red States have crafted their laws to use existing statutes Abortion travel = HOMICIDE , bringing your child to the state for gender affirming care is KIDNAPPING and CHILD ABUSE the Refugee state may unknowingly share information that you visited the state

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Mostly in the form of...insurance.

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We have to remember our resilience and resourcefulness as trans people. We got this far, against enormous odds. By "this far" I mean, we got to a place where we were even perceived as a threat, instead of a weird anomaly. Strange progress but real. The backlash was inevitable but it too, will go the way of the dinosaurs. These laws are not standing up to scrutiny. Let's not be discouraged. Thank you again Erin for your amazing work! I recommend your substack to nearly everyone I know who has any interest in this issue at all. Everyone reading this little comment, take care of yourselves and don't let it get you down.

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Brilliantly summarized!

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Does anyone know if there is a place to look for what the laws are if you are travelling (as a trans person ) to a state? As in, how to keep track of the laws by state as they are changing and getting passed...?

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Thank you for posting this. More people should be reading you.

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Add this to the list concerning Virginia. 😡

Glenn Youngkin continues his purposeful crusade against the Virginia LGBTQ+ community . . .

https://apple.news/ALGgtsn4sQuCAZkZA8TmQvw

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Yes! I'm a Virginia resident and wrote him about this specifically, demanding they restore the resources, permanently.

I got on his mailing and press release list to start keeping tabs on him from that one angle.

He had the nerve to go to a meeting yesterday with organizations concerned about the lack of mental health resources for youth in Virginia. Right, like he's obviously so terribly concerned about it!

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Every time I see Mr. Youngkin’ face, I immediately flash back to the March 10, CNN town hall when he left the young transgender man standing up in the audience, his question to Youngkin about girls being comfortable with him using their bathroom, unanswered.

And yet Mr. Youngkin otherwise has the unmitigated gall to sanctimoniously espouse equality in Virginia . . .

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2023/03/10/transgender-student-policy-governor-glenn-youngkin-tapper-sot-vpx.cnn

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Oh dear God.... I didn't know that. I will watch this when I have a pillow handy to scream into. Before that, I'm having a chat with my nephew about the attacks on trans people and trans rights. At age 12, he needs to understand the issues. Before the media convinces him that LGBTQ+ people are groomers and pedophiles, especially!

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Wisconsin enacted an amnesty. I'm sure you know.

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I love the title of your site. so simply hopeful

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