Battleground Arkansas: On the front lines of the fight to preserve transgender rights and dignity
The fight for transgender equality is long, storied, and filled with moments of great progress and heartbreaking setbacks. For years, transgender Americans have worked hard to achieve great progress and social gains. But 2016 saw the introduction of more than 50 state-level bills that explicitly targeted transgender Americans; not including many others which sought to impose burdens. While many of these bills remain as yet undecided, they were only the preliminary skirmishes for much larger battles already underway in 2017.
As we approach the one year anniversary of North Carolina’s egregious HB 2 transgender bathroom ban, lawmakers in Arkansas and other numerous states have been quietly advancing oppressive and discriminatory laws that treat transgender people like second-class citizens.