National Highlights 4/30/21

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Photo courtesy of SPLC
Photo courtesy of SPLC

Kansas

Reuters reported that Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has vetoed a GOP bill that aimed to ban Transgender girls from participation in school sports. This comes amid a wave of similar bills being pushed by Republicans across the country. Kelly framed the decision as one of inclusiveness for all families and children, noting also the possibility of boycotts from corporations should the bill become law. As the votes stand in the Kansas Senate and House, the veto is unlikely to be overridden.

Georgia

Tim Cwiek of Philadelphia Gay News reports that Ashley Diamond, a trans inmate in Georgia, has the support of the Department of Justice in her attempts to transfer to a women's prison. The DOJ's court document considers the issue a matter of safety and constitutional rights, less concerned with the specific facts of Diamond's case but "[requiring] prison officials to conduct individualized assessments that lead to reasonably safe conditions of confinement of confinement and adequate medical care for all prisoners." Two organizations' senior staff attorneys—Beth Littrel at the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Chinyerie Ezie at the Center for Constitutional Right—praised the DOJ's statement, saying its impact across the country will be significant. They also stressed its importance for Diamond, who has been assaulted by other inmates. Ezie said, "We just want the Georgia Department of Corrections to treat Ashley like the woman she is."