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Seattle hospital will not turn over records of Trans youth care to Texas AG
As part of a lawsuit settlement announced Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is dropping a request for a Seattle hospital to hand over records regarding gender-affirming treatment potentially given to children from Texas.

Seattle Children's Hospital filed the lawsuit against Paxton's office in December in response to the Republican going beyond his state's borders to investigate Transgender health care. Paxton, a staunch conservative who has helped drive GOP efforts that target the rights of Trans people, sent similar letters to Texas hospitals last year.

The Seattle hospital said in a statement that it had "successfully fought" the "overreaching demands to obtain confidential patient information." A judge in Austin dismissed the lawsuit Friday, saying the parties had settled their dispute.

Texas is among states that have enacted laws restricting or banning gender-affirming medical care for Transgender minors.

Biden administration finalizes rules protecting Trans students; no word on inclusion in sports
The rights of Queer students will be protected by federal law, and victims of campus sexual assault will gain new safeguards under rules finalized Friday by the Biden administration. The new provisions are part of a revised Title IX regulation issued by the Education Department, fulfilling a campaign pledge by President Biden, who had promised to dismantle rules created by former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who added new protections for students accused of sexual misconduct.

The administration originally planned to include a new policy forbidding schools from enacting outright bans on Transgender athletes, but that provision was put on hold. The delay is widely seen as a political maneuver during an election year in which Republicans have rallied around bans on Transgender athletes in girls' sports.

The regulation is meant to clarify schools' obligations under Title IX, the 1972 women's rights law that outlaws discrimination in education based on sex. It applies to schools that receive federal money. The update is to take effect in August.

Kansas governor vetoes anti-Trans bill, allows one requiring ID to view "acts of homosexuality"
Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly of Kansas vetoed an anti-Trans bill while simultaneously signing one requiring an ID to view "acts of homosexuality."

Kelly issued vetoes Friday against a ban on gender-affirming care for minors, as well as two anti-abortion measures. She also let pass without her signature a law requiring age-verification to view content "harmful to minors." Under Kansas criminal law, that includes nudity and "sexual content," which is defined in part as "acts of masturbation, homosexuality, or sexual intercourse." As written, "acts of homosexuality" could theoretically apply to the inclusion of Queer characters in family-friendly entertainment.

The law, which will go into effect on July 1, requires users to share their government-issued identification in order to view adult content. Websites can be fined up to $10,000 for each instance a minor accesses their content, and parents are allowed to sue for damages of at least $50,000.

There are likely enough Republican votes to support an override of Kelly's vetoes.

Report: 93% of Trans youth live in states targeting gender-affirming care
Over 90% of Transgender youth in the United States are living in states that have either passed or proposed legislation restricting their rights, according to a new study.

The report from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that 93% of Transgender minors aged 13—17 — approximately 280,300 people — live in states that have considered or enacted laws restricting their access to health care, sports, and school facilities. There are only an estimated 300,100 children aged 13—17 in the US who identify as Transgender.

A large percentage of Trans youth live in states where such laws have been enacted, including 85% of Trans youth in the South and 40% in the Midwest.