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Governor 'I'm not a big discrimination guy’ Little Signs Some of the Most Dangerous Anti-Transgender Legislation in the Country

BOISE – Today, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii (PPVNH) condemns Governor Brad Little for signing into law two of the most harmful pieces of anti-transgender legislation in the country. House Bill 500 will ban transgender girls from participating in women’s sports, and House Bill 509 will prevent transgender Idahoans from changing their gender on their birth certificate. Both bills are part of a growing trend in conservative statehouses across the country to discriminate against transgender people. 

“Today, Governor Little discriminated against thousands of Idahoans. Idaho is much worse off because of his failure to lead, and today, we must all come to terms with the fact that Idaho is one of the cruelest states in the country for LGBTQ people, especially transgender people,” said Mistie Tolman, Idaho State Director for PPVNH. “Governor Little has made a decision that is bad for Idaho communities, bad for Idaho commerce, bad for Idaho’s national image, and will cost taxpayers significantly when this undoubtedly goes to court. We condemn Governor Little’s actions and the actions of dozens of Idaho legislators who are so focused on pleasing their bigoted base instead of doing what is right. Their actions this legislative session will take decades to repair, but we will never stop fighting for the rights of all people. Planned Parenthood is committed in the fight for a country where no one experiences discrimination or violence because of their gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.”