WATCH: 'Trans Lives Matter' Protestors Stage Insurrection at Oklahoma Capitol But No One Seems to Care
Before we get into this story, I want to remind you all that entering a capitol building to protest is literally the worst crime any human being can commit and previously lead to the darkest day in American history. Carry on.
Yesterday, 150 Trans Lives Matter protests stormed the Oklahoma Capitol building to protest proposed bills that would ban various forms of gender-affirming medical procedures, including reassignment surgery, for people under the ages of 18-26. The protestors were taped inside the Capitol, chanting, "trans lives matter" and "protect trans kids." Many of them held signs with slogans like, "you can't erase us" and "my birthday wish is for trans rights."
The Oklahoma State Legislature hasn't voted on the proposed laws yet. The least restrictive proposal bans anyone under the age of 18 from receiving gender reassignment surgery. Y'know, since they can't even legally consume alcohol yet. Seems reasonable to me. But then again, my birthday wish wasn't for trans rights.
The most restrictive law bans physicians from referring anyone under the age of 26 for gender transition procedures, which include surgery and hormonal treatment. If a doctor provided such a referral anyway, they could face criminal charges and/or lose their license. The bill was proposed by Republican Senator David Bullard, who said the age of 26 was chosen because research shows the brain continues to develop until the age of 25.
Governor Stitt also gave his State of the State address last night, and, despite the protestors, doubled down on the state's efforts: "'We must protect our most vulnerable - our children. After all, minors can’t vote, can’t purchase alcohol, can’t purchase cigarettes…we shouldn’t allow a minor to get a permanent gender-altering surgery in Oklahoma. That’s why I am calling on the Legislature to send me a bill that bans all gender transition surgeries and hormone therapies on minors in the state!"
It's unclear how many of the protestors have since been tracked down by the FBI and placed in solitary confinement until their trial date. But surely that's coming, since that's the punishment for unlawfully entering a capitol building...right?