DES MOINES — Five anti-LGBTQ bills have been released in the last 24 hours, setting a record for Iowa’s state legislature for greatest number of anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in one legislative session. At 13 bills, Iowa is second in the nation for the greatest number of anti-LGBTQ bills this session, following Missouri, which currently ranks number one at 14 bills.
New legislation includes:HF2273, house companion legislation to SF2193, which would undermine civil rights protections for LGBTQ Iowans, HF2274 which creates a study committee to evaluate the inclusion of transgender Iowans in the Iowa Civil Rights Act, and SF2272 which would ban physicians and mental health professionals from providing medically necessary care to transgender youth.
One Iowa Action Executive Director Courtney Reyes condemned the legislation in a statement:
“The relentless assault against the rights of LGBTQ Iowans continues day after day, week after week at the Iowa Legislature. While we are not surprised, we are deeply saddened and upset that legislators continue to focus on stripping protections from marginalized groups rather than ensuring that Iowans have accessible healthcare, world class educational opportunities, and high quality jobs.
Make no mistake, LGBTQ people are not giving up no matter how many pieces of legislation are introduced. We know that Iowans are going to see this legislation for what it is — extreme and divisive. We will stand and fight this discriminatory agenda to the very end, and we will win. ”
One Iowa Action is a 501(c)(4) organization working to preserve and advance the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) Iowans through grassroots efforts, voter education and advocacy.