On Saturday, activists gathered at Metro Hall to protest a slate of anti-LGBTQ bills in the Kentucky state legislature, including Senate Bill 150, House Bill 173, and House Bill 177.
Among other things, those bills include provisions that would allow public school teachers to not use a student’s preferred pronouns, mandate students use bathrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificate, and require educators inform parents if a child requests different pronouns be used or otherwise changes their gender expression.
“These would effectively curb the rights of queer youth to safely express themselves in school, limit the ability of teachers to discuss matters of gender and sexual orientation, and force schools to out students to their parents,” said protest organizer Piper Hudson-Meredith, who also hosted a protest against the bills near Metro Hall on Friday, Feb. 24, in a press release.
House Bill 470, which effectively bans gender-affirming healthcare for minors, passed in the House last week and will now be considered by the Senate.
Check out LEO’s photos of the protest in our gallery.
03/04/2023 | Photos by Dale Hewlett