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Idaho Passes Anti-Trans Laws on Eve of International Day of Transgender Visibility

The day is observed every year on March 31 to celebrate transgender people and highlight the discrimination they still face.

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Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) signed into law two bills that limit the rights of transgender individuals on the eve of International Transgender Day of Visibility.

The two measures, known as House Bill 500 and House Bill 509, were reportedly pushed through by Republicans in the House and Senate in numbers large enough to override a veto. Both chambers adjourned earlier this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.

House Bill 500 limits the rights of trans athletes by banning biologically male athletes from competing in all-female sports.

"Athletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls shall not be open to students of the male sex," the bill states.

House Bill 509 prevents transgender individuals from changing Idaho birth certificates to reflect their gender identity. The measure ignores a 2018 federal court ruling which struck down a similar bill that would prevent a person from changing their gender on their birth certificate, calling the policy unconstitutional.  

In a Monday statement, the ACLU of Idaho condemned Little for signing the two discriminatory bills.

“Leaders from the business, faith, medical, education and athletics communities will not forget this decision or what it says about the governor's priorities during a global pandemic,” they said in the statement. “The ACLU will see the governor in court.” 

International Transgender Day of Visibility is observed every year on March 31 to celebrate transgender people as well as highlight the discrimination they still face.