Written by Hudson Crozier
What’s happening: Following this year’s midterm elections, activists and legislators across the country are pursuing measures against child sex changes, discussion of gender identity in schools, and the legal redefining of gender.
Why it matters: The transgender movement in schools, government, and the medical establishment grew increasingly radical and controversial in the U.S. this year. Conservatives pushed back with record numbers of bills, regulations, and lawsuits, and there are signs that the momentum will continue into 2023.
The state war: Republicans in over 10 states seek to codify traditional definitions of “man” and “woman” into law so that public spaces and programs are separated based on biology, not subjective gender identity. Other states are considering legislation that mimics Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, which bars discussion of gender and sexuality at certain grade levels, and laws criminalizing “gender-affirming care” for minors.
The federal war: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has proposed making child sex change treatments a felony nationwide, the most significant anti-trans bill circulating in Congress. Such efforts are bound to clash with the agenda of far-left Congressional Democrats, who have indicated they will double down on transgenderism going forward. President Joe Biden, who campaigned on transgender rights for children, recently declared that Democrats “need to challenge” state laws “targeting transgender children.”