Keeping Score: Leaders Stand Up for Trans Rights; California’s First Latina Supreme Court Justice; Oklahoma Moves to Ban All Abortions


In each situation of Ms., we observe analysis on our progress within the combat for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and maintain tabs on the feminist motion’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score on-line, too—in on this biweekly round-up.

Lest We Overlook

“To everybody celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility, I need you to know that your President sees you. … Transgender persons are a few of the bravest People I do know, and our Nation and the world are stronger, extra vibrant, and extra affluent due to them. To transgender People of all ages, I need you to know that you’re so courageous. You belong. I’ve your again.”

—A proclamation by President Joe Biden issued for Transgender Day of Visibility on Wednesday, March 30.

“These updates to passports and TSA coverage will make it safer for transgender, nonbinary and intersex members of our group to journey and to stroll by means of on a regular basis life. Everybody deserves the appropriate to have id paperwork that mirror who they’re, and to undergo airport safety with out dealing with harassment and public humiliation. At a time when so many state legislatures are attacking our group, it’s heartening to have federal management take a lot motion to help LGBTQ People, particularly trans youth.”

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

“I’m trans. Or to be extra correct, I need to be. I’ve been identified with gender dysphoria and I’ve felt this manner since I used to be a really younger little one. I had no intention of ever sharing this with you. I at all times imagined I would depart politics nicely earlier than I mentioned this out loud. …

Tonight, I used to be reminded of the unbelievable help these you’re employed with can present. Additionally, I used to be reminded how vital it’s to be your self. I’ve by no means lived my reality and I’m unsure how. Maybe it begins with telling everybody.”

—British MP Jamie Wallis coming out as transgender in an announcement posted to Twitter on Tuesday, March 29.

“We knew that when Texas handed S.B. 8, its excessive legislation that blatantly violates the constitutional proper reaffirmed by Roe v. Wade, it will invite different states to observe. At present, Idaho grew to become the primary state to undertake an identical legislation—a six-week restriction counting on personal residents to implement the legislation. This growth is devastating for ladies in Idaho, as it’ll additional impede girls’s entry to well being care, particularly these on low incomes and residing in rural communities.”

—Press Secretary Jen Psaki in a statement on a model of Texas’s S.B. 8 handed in Idaho, banning abortion after six weeks and permitting enforcement by personal residents.

“It comes right down to status doesn’t pay the payments. We love working right here, and we need to maintain working right here. … If Condé needs to draw the very best expertise within the enterprise, they must cease counting on status and supply equitable pay and advantages.”

—Self-importance Truthful Net producer Jaime Archer referencing a letter despatched by Condé Nast staff to the corporate’s administration, wherein 350 staff request that Condé acknowledge their union in pursuit of honest salaries and manageable workloads.


Patricia Guerrero.

+ On Tuesday, March 22, Justice Patricia Guerrero grew to become the primary Latina confirmed to serve on the California Supreme Court docket. A former San Diego appeals courtroom choose, she was raised by Mexican immigrants in Imperial Valley.

“As I’ve tried to precise, this isn’t nearly me, or actually even nearly my dad and mom, but it surely’s about so many others similar to us,” Guerrero mentioned. “It is a story of the American dream, the assumption that with arduous work, perseverance and alternatives, something is feasible. And for that I’m grateful.”

+ On the historic affirmation hearings of Supreme Court docket nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, photographer Sarahbeth Maney captured the choose’s daughter, Leila Jackson, in a second of intense delight. The picture later went viral on social media.

“I simply keep in mind seeing Choose Jackson smiling so much, and I believe she was receiving compliments and reward,” Maney mentioned. “After which I seen how proud her daughter was of her, and it gave me chills once I noticed this look that her daughter gave her. It was simply this look of such delight and admiration.”

+ The Oklahoma state legislature has voted to ban all abortions. The invoice now heads to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s desk, who has beforehand vowed to signal all anti-abortion payments.

+ Shortly after the establishment of Florida’s “Don’t Say Homosexual” invoice, which prohibits Ok-3 academics from discussing sexuality within the classroom, the Walt Disney Firm launched an announcement opposing the legislation.

“We’re devoted to standing up for the rights and security of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney household, in addition to the LGBTQ+ group in Florida and throughout the nation,” Disney mentioned. The corporate pledged to help organizations aiming to have the legislation repealed.

+ Following the passage of a strict anti-abortion legislation in Poland, pro-choice activist Justyna Wydrzyńska was charged for offering medicine to a pregnant lady who wished to induce a miscarriage.

+ A bill handed by a Missouri Home committee would ban the sale of medicines or units used for abortion procedures.

“The usage of these medicines assist make sure procedures safer and extra comfy for sufferers. This invoice may make it unattainable for Missourians to entry these medicines for any motive,” Deliberate Parenthood mentioned in its testimony.

Medicine abortion makes use of two varieties of tablets: mifepristone, which interrupts the circulation of the hormone progesterone that sustains the being pregnant; and misoprostol, which causes contractions to expel the contents of the uterus. (VAlaSiurua / Wikimedia Commons)

+ A legislation signed by California governor Gavin Newsom (D) on Tuesday, March 22 will reduce the price of abortions for sufferers with personal insurance coverage. In the meantime, Washington governor Jay Inslee (D) signed a bill to dam lawsuits towards those that obtain or facilitate abortions.

+ Biden’s 2023 finances proposal for NASA consists of elevated funding for area flight that may put the primary lady and particular person of coloration on a mission to the moon.

+ New Arizona laws will block transgender youth from receiving gender-affirming care or competing on some faculties’ women’ sports activities group.

How We’re Doing

+ “The LGBTQ+ inhabitants is overrepresented at each stage of the felony authorized system,” in keeping with a survey of jail inmates by the Jail Coverage Initiative. The 29 transgender respondents reported decreased alternatives earlier than coming into jail. Twenty-four out of 29 are individuals of coloration, and solely 5 recognized as straight.

+ As of March 24, U.S. police had killed 249 people in 2022, averaging out to a few deaths a day. The haunting statistic demonstrates a scarcity of progress because the homicide of George Floyd in 2020, regardless of guarantees from U.S. legislation enforcement officers.

+ Research by the Guttmacher Institute and different well being organizations revealed worldwide disparities in unintended being pregnant and abortion entry.

“To construct sexual and reproductive well being insurance policies which might be actually inclusive and equitable, we have to perceive what is going on at a rustic degree,” mentioned Dr. Herminia Palacio. “Having present and dependable knowledge at hand is not going to solely assist establish and discover options to disparities, but in addition make a case for smarter investments that ship influence.” 

Researcher Jonathan Bearak agreed that “These variations converse to the necessity for funding, even in areas with low unintended being pregnant charges, that empowers girls and women throughout nations to decide on underneath what circumstances they need to have kids.”

Sign and share Ms.’s relaunched “We Have Had Abortions” petition—whether or not you your self have had an abortion, or just stand in solidarity with those that have—to let the Supreme Court docket, Congress and the White Home know: We is not going to hand over the appropriate to secure, authorized, accessible abortion.

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