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Louisiana lawmakers veto override efforts coming down to one bill — a transgender athlete ban

BY: - July 21, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature’s historic veto override session appears to be coming down mostly to one piece of legislation — a transgender women and girls athlete ban. Republican lawmakers entered the state’s first ever veto override session angling to overturn Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision on more than one measure. Edwards vetoed 28 bills and removed […]

Supreme Court affirms transgender rights in declining to hear Virginia school bathroom case

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a case of a transgender student in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom, a decision that affirms lower-court rulings that said treating transgender students differently violates federal law. Justices on the top court offered no comment in declining to take […]

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards vetoes ban on transgender women and girls in women’s sports

BY: - June 22, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed a ban on transgender women and girls participating in women and girls sporting events. The veto didn’t come as a surprise. The governor, a Democrat, had said in April that he intended to reject the legislation if it passed.  “As I have said repeatedly when asked about this bill, discrimination […]

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Louisiana Legislature sends transgender sports ban to governor’s desk

BY: - May 27, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature has voted for a ban on transgender women and girls participating in women and girls sports. Both the House and Senate overwhelmingly supported Senate Bill 156. The chambers passed the measure with over two-thirds of lawmakers in favor, a veto-proof majority. Conservative lawmakers stood up and cheered when the bill passed in […]

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Louisiana High School Athletic Association removed transgender boy from cross country team in 2019

BY: - May 21, 2021

In 2019, Ashton was hoping to join the military after graduating from Mandeville High School.  So as a senior, he joined the boys cross country team to get himself into better shape. He started attending summer running practices ahead of the fall season. Ashton wasn’t very fast, but he appreciated the team’s camaraderie and it […]

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Louisiana Senate votes overwhelmingly for transgender restrictions in sports

BY: - May 5, 2021

The Louisiana Senate voted 29-6 Wednesday to prohibit transgender girls and women from participating in women and girls sports competitions. Both Democrats and Republicans supported the legislation. There was no debate on the bill before the vote took place.  “Women have been given privileges because we are different — not lesser — but different,” said […]

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Billy Nungesser says transgender restrictions will have a ‘negative impact’ on tourism

BY: - May 1, 2021

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser believes transgender restrictions currently under consideration by the Louisiana Legislature will hurt the state’s tourism industry if they become law. “They will have a negative impact,” said Nungesser, a Republican, when asked about the proposed transgender restrictions in a Thursday interview. “It would be better for us to open our doors […]

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Louisiana ban on transgender women in women sports competitions looks more likely to pass

BY: - April 29, 2021

A ban on letting transgender women and girls participate in women and girls sports looks more likely to gain approval of the full Louisiana Legislature, after it passed out of the state Senate Education Committee controlled by a Democrat Thursday.  “What I’m hearing is there are young women athletes who fear their opportunities are going […]

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Louisiana could lose sporting events, conventions if transgender restrictions are approved

BY: - April 14, 2021

Leaders in Louisiana’s tourism industry — particularly those centered on New Orleans — said the restrictions on transgender people currently under consideration in the state Legislature may drive away major sporting events like the NCAA’s Final Four and the large business conventions that sustain the New Orleans economy. If people and corporations avoid Louisiana to […]

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Louisiana lawmakers looking at restricting transgender access to health care, sports

BY: - April 5, 2021

Conservative Republicans in the Louisiana Legislature have filed four bills to restrict transgender people’s access to sports and health care in the state. The legislation mostly targets children and teenagers who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming. It will be debated in the upcoming session that starts April 12. A few states have adopted new […]

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Louisiana senator files anti-transgender legislation

BY: - March 30, 2021

Louisiana Sen. Mike Fesi, R-Houma, has filed legislation that would require people under 18 years old to get written permission from their parents before pursuing medical care and mental health services based on their gender identity. The bill would make it more difficult for transgender and gender nonconforming minors to get medical assistance if either […]