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I deserve to be valued’: LGBTQ youth speak against GOP bills
« on: February 01, 2023, 10:47:18 am »
    I deserve to be valued’: LGBTQ youth speak against GOP bills

                           The Quad Cities Times    (Des Moines, Iowa)

Erin Murphy and Tom Barton Lee-Gazette
Des Moines Bureau
Feb 1, 2023 Updated  10:30 a.m. CT

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DES MOINES — While LGBTQ children pleaded Tuesday with state lawmakers to be treated with decency and respect, supporters of a Republican-led proposal to bar Iowa’s public schools from teaching lesbian, gay and transgender-themed issues mocked trans youth, claimed that schools should follow Christian teachings and blamed LGBTQ advocates for suicides and school shootings.

It all came out of two legislative hearings at the Iowa Capitol on bills related to public education and LGBTQ-related issues. Statehouse Republicans advanced three bills:

At a legislative hearing on the proposal to prohibit K-8 schools from teaching about gender identity, some young LGBTQ Iowans told lawmakers how such bills impact them.

Sarah SmallCarter and her transgender daughter, Odin, from Fort Dodge, both spoke at the hearing. Sarah SmallCarter described Odin coming out just before the start of second grade, and how adamant and excited she was.

“That’s all we’re asking for, is that you treat our kids in schools with basic human decency and respect. That’s it,” Sarah said. “This (proposed law) would deny that. It would target our children.”
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Re: I deserve to be valued’: LGBTQ youth speak against GOP bills
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2023, 10:54:01 am »
So many of these proposed bills state they are needed 'to protect our children', but they ignore the protection of transgender and non-binary children. The also mention 'Christian teachings', I though being a Christian included 'love thy neighbor'. Maybe I'm missing something...

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