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AZ Governor Refuses to Even Acknowledge the Existence of Transgender People

C'mon, Doug. Is the sky blue?

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, one day after signing legislation limiting the rights of transgender individuals, refused to admit that they even exist.

During a press conference, Ducey was asked twice whether trans people actually exist, and he dodged the question both times. Instead, he attempted to defend his support of Republican bills in the state that ban transgender women and girls from playing on female sports teams in high school and college and ban gender surgery for anyone under 18 years of age.

Asked explicitly if he thought there were “really transgender people,” Ducey answered:

I’m going to ask you to read the legislation and to see that the legislation that we passed was in the spirit of fairness to protect girls sports in competitive situations. That’s what the legislation is intended to do, and that’s what it does.

Ducey was then asked once again if he believed that there are “actual transgender people,” Ducey was measured:

I … am going to respect everyone, and I’m going to respect everyone’s rights. And I’m going to protect female sports. And that’s what the legislation does.

Notably, the legislation does not bar transgender boys from participating on male sports teams. While there are fewer trans males trying to play sports than there are trans girls, the process for inclusion is the same. They must undergo years of hormone replacement therapy, bringing them in line with the physical abilities of the gender they have transitioned to.

The anti-trans bills were among a handful he signed that curtailed rights that Republicans don’t like. Also in the mix was an anti-abortion bill that is currently unconsitutional, as well as one that basically serves as voter suppression by requiring Arizonans who are currently registered to vote to reaffirm their citizenship and residency or be thrown off the voter rolls.

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