BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — The group Louisiana Trans Advocates plan Lobby Day at State Capitol on Wednesday to oppose anti-trans bills.
“There’s a lot of fear and worry out there, and I think rightly so,” says Dylan Waguespack, President of Louisiana Trans Advocates.
He says the event is not a protest but is an opportunity for legislators to meet with the people affected by the proposed bills.
“These bills are really dangerous, and I think that what we’re trying to make sure happens is that every legislator in that building has the opportunity to really sit down with folks who would be impacted by them before they make a decision,” Waguespack says.
The proposed bills would restrict transgender children from participating in team sports that align with their gender identity. Healthcare for transgender children would also have limited access to gender-affirming health care, including counseling, requiring written consent from both parents.
This creates complications for parents who are separated. “I’ve been hearing from parents for the past couple of weeks who are very concerned about these bills. In particular, I’ve been hearing from parents who are single parents who are raising their kid alone but whose former spouse or partner might not be in support of the medically necessary care that their kid receives,” Waguespack says.
At a press conference on April 19, Governor John Bel Edwards was asked about the proposed bills. He says, “I am concerned about emotionally fragile people […] I am hopeful the state Legislature does not see fit to advance these bills.”
“I was very hopeful to hear that he’s not in support of this. I think not surprising. We’ve known that this governor, for a long time, has been unafraid to say that he is not in favor of discrimination,” Waguespack says.
He does not believe the bills will pass in Louisiana. “I don’t think that there’s going to be significant support for these bills […] there’s a pretty coordinated political strategy from the very top levels, on a national level around these bills. Louisiana is a state that doesn’t take too kindly to being told what to do from DC,” he says.
The event will take place at the Lousiana State Capitol on Wednesday, April 28.
For more information on the event, visit the Facebook event page HERE.
For more information on Louisiana Trans Advocates, visit their website HERE.