New Trans Rights Laws in Idaho Highlight Cultural, Media Divide

Headline Roundup April 1st, 2020

Idaho Governor Brad Little (R) signed two bills on Tuesday limiting transgender rights in Idaho. One prevents trans women from participating in women's school sports, and the other forbids trans people from changing their original gender identity on their birth certificate. Lawsuits challenging the new rules have reportedly been filed against Little and Idaho. Tuesday was International Transgender Day of Visibility (Trans Day of Visibility), an annual celebration of transgender people and transgender rights around the world.

Few mainstream or major media outlets have covered the news. Some left-rated outlets framed the laws as unjust limits on human rights; some right-rated outlets framed the laws as protecting women's sports from transgender athletes, and were more likely to describe trans women as biological males.

New Trans Rights Laws in Idaho Highlight Cultural, Media Divide

From the Left
2000

Idaho is facing a pair of lawsuits after its governor signed two of the nation’s harshest anti-transgender bills into law.

On Monday, Republican Gov. Brad Little approved two bills that had been met with widespread opposition. House Bill 500 bans transgender girls from playing on school sports teams in alignment with their gender identity, while House Bill 509 blocks trans people from correcting their birth certificates to match the person they know themselves to be. Forty local and national businesses, including Hewlett-Packard and Verizon, signed onto an open letter opposing...

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From the Center
2000

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law two anti-transgender bills.

One bill would ban transgender girls and women from participating in sports that align with their gender identity. The other bill would make it illegal for transgender people to change gender markers on their Idaho birth certificates.

Little signed the bills Monday afternoon. He didn’t issue signing statements on either bill.

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From the Right
2000

(CNSNews.com) -- Idaho's Gov. Brad Little (R) signed into law on Monday legislation that prohibits biological males from competing in female sports, thus barring "transgender women" from real women's sports.

The governor also signed into law another bill that requires birth certificates to record the biological sex of the person at birth, based upon their reproductive anatomy and chromosomes. Birth certificates cannot be changed based on gender theory or transgender identity.

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