The elected officials of this southern state, bordered by the Mississippi and known for its Christian conservatism, have decided to override the governor’s veto on this subject.
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This is the latest illustration of the conservative offensive underway in the United States against transgender people. Arkansas became, Tuesday, April 6, the first US state to prohibit minors who do not identify with their gender from birth access to hormonal treatments or operations. The elected officials of this southern state, bordered by the Mississippi and known for its Christian conservatism, decided to override the veto of Governor Asa Hutchinson who saw in the text “too much interference from the authorities” in the health of individuals.
“Today, Arkansas elected officials ignored widespread and massive opposition to this bill and continued their discriminatory crusade against transgender youth,” denounced a representative of the American civil rights power association Aclu, Holly Dickson.
Arkansas also recently passed several bills, which critics say limit the rights of transgender people. The latest aims to ban transgender women from competing in women’s sports competitions. This issue is the hobbyhorse of many American conservatives, and bills of the same ilk exist in many states.
In total, the Human Rights Campaign says it has identified more than 195 texts “anti-LGBTQ” under debate in the United States, and “anti-trans bills” in over 30 states.
US President Joe Biden has taken a position on the subject, promulgating on the first day of his mandate an executive order aimed at “prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation”.