Federal judges block transgender restrictions in 2 states

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 11:50 AM EDT
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Federal judges have temporarily blocked new laws in Arkansas and West Virginia restricting transgender people’s rights. The rulings on Wednesday were major victories for LGBTQ advocates against a wave of restrictions approved by Republican legislators.

A federal judge blocked Arkansas’ law banning gender confirming treatments for transgender youth while he considers a lawsuit challenging it. Arkansas’ law was set to take effect July 28. In West Virginia, a federal judge issued an injunction preventing the state from enforcing its ban on transgender athletes in women’s sports against an 11-year-old transgender girl who wants to run cross country.

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