Fighting anti-LGBTQ legislation in Iowa
(ABC 6 News) – Currently, there are nearly 30 bills in the Iowa legislature that advocacy groups say will have a detrimental impact on LGBTQ Iowans.
Among them, bills that take away the rights of transgender Iowans to use the bathroom of their identified gender, bills that bans the mention of gender identity or sexual orientation in schools, and a bill that requires school districts to be informed if a student identifies as transgender.
Something that opponents of the legislation say could have devastating consequences by outing transgender kids.
“LGBTQ people are people and they deserve the same respect and dignity as everyone else and they don’t deserve to be targeted in this way,” Director of Policy and Advocacy for One Iowa Keenan Crow said.
Just this week, students across the state walked out of class showing their opposition to the proposed legislation.
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This weekend, a rally is planned at the State Capitol starting at 2 p.m.
More than a dozen organizations will be there speaking out against these bills they said could have devastating consequences on LGBTQ Iowans, especially young people.
According to a recent survey by the Trevor Project, in just the past year, 46 percent of LGBTQ youth in Iowa said they strongly considered taking their own lives.
For transgender youth, that number was even higher.