Parents raise concerns over LGBTQ legislation

Parents raise concerns over LGBTQ Legislation

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(ABC 6 News) – In Des Moines, parents of trans student are raising concerns over new LGBTQ legislation.

Governor Kim Reynolds previously introduced a bill anyone who has undergone certain surgeries to medically transition sexes to display both markers on legal documents like driver’s licenses or birth certificates.

The bill also strictly defines terms like “man,” “woman,” and “sex,” requiring state officials to identify peoples gender solely by their sex assigned at birth.

Heather Ryan is the mother of a transgender student. She is concerned over the impact the bill could have on her child.

“By intentionally outing my child on their birth certificate, on their driver’s license, on every single form of identification they’re gonna have for the rest of their lives,” said Ryan. “[Reynold is] making them constantly be outed to people who may or may not agree with their lifestyle. And that is constantly putting my child in danger.”

Local LGBTQ organizations have also shared concerns with the bill.

“This bill is an affront to everything we’re about as Iowans,” said Becky Tayler with the organization Iowa Safe Schools. “Governor Reynolds has made it crystal clear that transgender Iowans are not welcome in their own state.”

As for Reynolds, she says the bill allows the law to recognize biological differences while forbidding “unfair discrimination.”