Even as US introduces gender-neutral passports, these states still have archaic anti-transgender laws

Updated: Apr 30, 2022, 08:58 AM(IST)

In the United States this year, conservative politicians have enacted a flurry of bills aimed at transgender youth, including measures that ban gender identity discussions in the classroom, restrict access to healthcare for young people transitioning, and prohibit transgender adolescents from participating in sports.

Let's take a look at all these measures: 


Republican Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill into law that would make it criminal for parents and health-care providers to offer transition-related medical care to adolescents. The bill makes the crime punishable by up to ten years in prison. It is now being contested in court.

Ivey also signed a law requiring public school children to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificates. For some grades, the measure also restricts discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in the classroom.



Governor Doug Ducey has approved a bill prohibiting transgender girls from participating in girls' sports teams at public and private schools.

He also signed a bill making it illegal for doctors to undertake "irreversible gender reassignment surgery" on children.



Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that prohibits any classroom discussion, including instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity, for children in kindergarten through third grade. It also requires all teaching for grades 4 through 12 to be "age-appropriate," a term that is not defined in the bill. 

Parents can sue school districts if they believe they are in violation of the law.



Republican Governor Kim Reynolds signed a measure mandating student athletes in public and private schools, as well as higher institutions, to join school sports teams based on their "sex at birth."



Democratic Governor Laura Kelly is considering a measure prohibiting transgender women and girls from participating in female school sports. The bill has been approved by both chambers of the state legislature. Last year, Kelly vetoed a similar bill.



Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, a Republican, signed a measure prohibiting transgender females from participating in and competing in girls' school sports. Parents or guardians of student athletes under the age of 18 must additionally sign an affidavit "acknowledging the biological sex of the student at birth," according to the statute.


South Dakota

Republican Governor Kristi Noem approved a measure that prohibits trans people and girls from participating in girls' school athletics.



Governor Greg Abbott issued an order bypassing the legislative process to investigate parents who offer gender-affirming care to their transgender children. 

The order is being contested in court right now.


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