Keeping Score: Leaders Stand Up for Trans Rights; the first Latina justice on the California Supreme Court; Oklahoma moves to ban all abortions

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In every number of Millisecond., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalog must-see quotes from feminist voices, and keep track of the many milestones of the feminist movement. They were keeping the marker also online, in this fortnightly digest.

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“To everyone celebrating Transgender Awareness Day, I want you to know that your president sees you. … Transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know, and our nation and the world are stronger, more vibrant, and more prosperous because of them. To transgender Americans of all ages, I want you to know that you are very brave. You belong. I’ll cover you.”

-AN proclamation by President Joe Biden issued for Transgender Awareness Day on Wednesday, March 30.

“These updates to TSA and passport policy will make it safer for transgender, non-binary and intersex members of our community to travel and walk in everyday life. Everyone deserves the right to have identity documents that reflect who they are and to go through airport security without facing harassment and public humiliation. At a time when so many state legislatures are attacking our community, it’s heartening that federal leadership is taking so many steps to support LGBTQ Americans, especially trans youth.”

—GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, in response to the availability of gender-neutral US passports in mid-April.

“I am trans. Or to be more exact, I want to be. I have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and have felt this way since I was a very young child. I had no intention of sharing this with you. I always imagined that I would leave politics long before I said this out loud. …

Tonight, I was reminded of the incredible support those you work with can provide. Also, I remembered how important it is to be yourself. I have never lived my truth and I am not sure how. Maybe start with telling everyone.”

—British MP Jamie Wallis coming out as transgender in a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday, March 29.

“We knew that when Texas passed SB 8, its extreme law that blatantly violates the constitutional right affirmed by Roe v. Wade, would invite other states to follow. Today, Idaho became the first state to adopt a similar law: a six-week restriction that relies on private citizens to enforce the law. This development is devastating to women in Idaho as it will further impede women’s access to health care, especially those with low incomes and living in rural communities.”

—Press Secretary Jen Psaki in a statement in a version of Texas SB 8 passed in Idaho, which bans abortion after six weeks and allows private citizens to enforce it.

“It’s about prestige doesn’t pay the bills. We love working here and we want to continue working here. … If Condé wants to attract the best talent in the business, they need to stop relying on prestige and provide equitable pay and benefits.”

—Vanity Fair Web producer Jaime Archer references a lyrics sent by Condé Nast employees to company management, in which 350 employees request that Condé recognize their union in pursuit of fair wages and manageable workloads.


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Patricia Guerrero.

+ On Tuesday, March 22, Justice Patricia Guerrero became the first Latina confirmed to serve on the California Supreme Court. A former San Diego appeals court judge, she was raised by Mexican immigrants in the Imperial Valley.

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“As I have tried to express, this is not just about me, not even about my parents, but about many others like us,” Guerrero said. “This is a story of the American dream, the belief that with hard work, perseverance and opportunity, anything is possible. And for that I am grateful.”

+ At the historic confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, photographer Sarahbeth Maney caught the judge’s daughter, Leila Jackson, in a moment of intense pride. The image later went viral on social media.

“I remember seeing Judge Jackson smiling a lot, and I think she was getting compliments and praise,” Maney said. “And then I noticed how proud her daughter was of her, and he gave me goosebumps when I saw this look her daughter gave him. It was just this look of so much pride and admiration.”

+ The Oklahoma State Legislature has voted to ban all abortions. The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Kevin Stitt, who previously promised to sign all anti-abortion bills.

+ Shortly after the institution of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which prohibits K-3 teachers from discussing sexuality in the classroom, the Walt Disney Company issued a statement stand against the law.

“We are dedicated to defending the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family, as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country,” Disney said. The company has pledged to support organizations seeking the repeal of the law.

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+ Following the passing of a strict anti-abortion law in Poland, Pro-abortion activist Justyna Wydrzyńska was loaded for providing medication to a pregnant woman who wanted to induce a miscarriage.

+ TO bill passed by a committee of the Missouri House of Representatives would ban the sale of drugs or devices used for abortion procedures.

“The use of these medications helps make certain procedures safer and more comfortable for patients. This bill could make it impossible for Missourians to access these medications for any reason,” Planned Parenthood said in her testimony.

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Medical abortion uses two types of pills: mifepristone, which interrupts the flow of the pregnancy-sustaining hormone progesterone; and misoprostol, which causes contractions to expel the contents of the uterus. (VALSiurua /Wikimedia Commons)

+ A law signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday, March 22 reduce the cost of abortions for patients with private insurance. Meanwhile, Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) signed a bill to block lawsuits against those who receive or facilitate abortions.

+ Biden Budget for 2023 proposal for NASA includes more funding for spaceflight than could put the first woman and person of color on a mission to the moon.

+ New Arizona Legislation block transgender youth receive gender-affirming care or compete on the girls’ sports team in some schools.

how are we doing

+ “The LGBTQ+ population is overrepresented at all stages of the criminal legal system,” according to a poll of inmates by the Prison Policy Initiative. All 29 transsexuals surveyed reported reduced opportunities before entering prison. Twenty-four of 29 are people of color, and only five identified as heterosexual.

+ On March 24, the American police had killed 249 people in 2022, with an average of three deaths per day. The disturbing statistic demonstrates the lack of progress since the murder of George Floyd in 2020, despite promises from US law enforcement officials.

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+ Research by the Guttmacher Institute and other health organizations revealed international disparities in unwanted pregnancy and access to abortion.

“To build sexual and reproductive health policies that are truly inclusive and equitable, we need to understand what is happening at the country level,” said Dr. Herminia Palace. “Having reliable, up-to-date data at hand will not only help identify and find solutions to disparities, it will also champion smarter investments that deliver impact.”

Researcher Jonathan Bearak agreed that “these variations speak to the need for investment, even in regions with low rates of unwanted pregnancy, that empowers women and girls in all countries to choose under what circumstances they want to have children.” .

sign and share MillisecondRelaunch of the petition “We have had abortions”—whether you’ve had an abortion yourself, or just stand in solidarity with those who have—so the Supreme Court, Congress, and the White House know: We will not give up the right to safe, legal, and affordable abortion.

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