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HB2796 is an absolutely blatant attempt to strip away the civil rights of transgender people; and it’s absolutely fucking terrifying.

Quoting the official summary of HB2796:

This bill prohibits the word “sex” or “gender” from being interpreted to mean “gender identity,” and requires “man” or “woman” to be interpreted to refer exclusively to a person’s genetic sex, for purposes determining the meaning of federal civil rights laws or related federal administrative agency regulations or guidance. No federal civil rights law shall be interpreted to treat gender identity or transgender status as a protected class, unless it expressly designates “gender identity” or “transgender status” as a protected class.

HB2796 is currently with the Republican-majority House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. Please, PLEASE–especially if you’re cisgender, and doubly if you’re one of their constituents–call the Representatives on the committee and explain just how much damage this will do, how many lives it will destroy, and how many legislative careers (hopefully) hinge on its passage or failure.

Committee members are:

Chairman Steve King (R-IA-04) - (202) 225-4426

Vice Chairman Ron DeSantis (R-FL-06) - (202) 225-2706

Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ-08) - (202) 225-4576

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX-01) - (202) 225-3035

Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA-06) - (202) 225-4501

Ranking Member Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) - (202) 225-3265

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08) - (202) 225-5341

Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY-10) - (202) 225-5635

(Note - Listed phone numbers are for DC offices only, but links go to pages with both district and federal office information, as well as additional avenues of contact.)
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