HELENA — March 31 is “Worldwide Transgender Day of Visibility,” and advocates held a rally in Helena to mark the day.
Round 100 individuals gathered within the Montana State Capitol rotunda to spotlight the state’s transgender, non-binary and two-spirit communities. Audio system on the rally protested a collection of payments advancing within the Legislature that they referred to as “assaults” in opposition to these Montanans.
“We deserve freedom, rights and protections, not as a result of we’re some mystical and magical beings, however as a result of we’re human beings,” mentioned Keegan Medrano, coverage director for the ACLU of Montana.
Attendees held indicators in opposition to payments like Senate Invoice 99, which might prohibit gender-affirming procedures for minors, and Senate Invoice 458, which might codify a organic definition of intercourse in state regulation.
Afterwards, these in attendance spent a number of minutes in a “lie-in.” They lay on the ground, whereas singing, “My physique is my very own; I’m in management.”
“Taking on that area with our our bodies to essentially remind individuals on this constructing and past that we aren’t going to cease taking over area, we’re not going to cease present,” mentioned Izzy Milch, senior advocacy supervisor for Ahead Montana.