Out Nation: Louisiana Reverses Veto on Gender-affirming Care Ban; AG Seeks to Block Trans Residents from IDs Lawsuit

Rep. Gabe Firment. Photo via house.louisiana.gov.

Louisiana reverses a veto on the gender-affirming care ban, an attorney general in Kansas wants to enforce a law that requires IDs to match a person's birth sex, and two Michigan commissioners were fired after flying the Pride flag.

State Reverses Veto on Gender-Affirming Care Ban

Louisiana's state legislature reversed Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto of a gender-affirming care ban for transgender youth on July 18, according to the Associated Press.

Due to the governor’s veto being overturned, the ban will take effect on Jan. 1, 2024.

“If we don’t pass this bill, Louisiana will become the destination for children across the entire South to undergo these life-altering and irreversible medical experiments,” said Rep. Gabe Firment, the bill’s author.

AG Seeks To Block Trans Residents From IDs Lawsuit


Kris Kobach. Photo via ag.ks.gov.

According to the Associated Press, five transgender Kansas residents asked a judge to allow them to intervene in Attorney General Kris Kobach’s lawsuit against the state’s motor vehicles' division to enforce a state law that took effect July 1. The new law states that state issued identification must match a person’s birth sex.

During a July 20 hearing to set a schedule for the lawsuit, the residents, represented by Kansas’s American Civil Liberties Union chapter, asked District Judge Teresa Watson for permission to intervene in the lawsuit. Intervention in a legal case is when a third party joins an existing court case.

Kobach stated that he opposed this request, which Watson postponed ruling on until after an Aug. 16 hearing.

City Commissioners Ousted After Flying Pride Flag


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Two members of the Human Relations Commission for Hamtramck, a city six miles north of Detroit, were fired after flying an LGBT pride flag on July 9, according to The Detroit News. The flag was flown during a rally to protest the city’s flag resolution that bans all flags on city properties except for the American flag, the state of Michigan flag, the Hamtramck flag, the Prisoner of War flag, and the nations' flag.

The resolution went into effect on June 13 and was aimed to bring political neutrality to city property, according to Mayor Amer Ghalib.

Russ Gordon and Catrina Stackpoole were terminated after a unanimous vote during a city council meeting on July 11.

"The council passed a resolution removing them for violating the previous flag resolution. The police department is investigating if any criminal laws were actually broken," Hamtramck city manager Max Garbarino said in a statement.


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