Conflict over transgender rights simmers across the US

  • Zooey Zephyr speaks on the House floor for the first time in a week during a session at the Montana State Capitol in Helena, Mont., on Wednesday, April 26, 2023. Lawmakers and courts are wrestling with whether to ban gender-affirming care for minors in some states, while lawmakers in others are protecting access. (AP Photo/Tommy Martino)

Access to gender-affirming care is taking center stage in state governments across the U.S., with some states passing restrictions and others protections. The debates and lawsuits have raged throughout 2023 so far. This week’s developments included a Missouri judge blocking enforcement of a rule that would have barred treatments such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy for children and adults. In Montana, a transgender lawmaker was kicked off the House floor for her comments on restrictions. The federal government sued over a care ban in Tennessee. And governors in Minnesota and Washington became the latest to sign laws preserving access.