Transgender Rights: America's Divide

Scripps News investigates recent trends in bills restricting transgender rights, and hears from members of Montana's legislature on the issue.
Posted at 9:47 PM, May 04, 2023

So far this year, bills restricting transgender rights are set to become law in 14 states. Maritsa Georgiou anchors a special report from Helena, Montana, where a contentious showdown between the first female transgender representative in Montana's legislature and the House Speaker ended in the transgender representative's censure.

Transgender Rights America's Divide.

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