This week read about Louisiana House upholding its veto on an anti-trans bill, and the LAPD facing force complaints following protests over the treatment of a transgender woman.

Louisiana House Upholds Veto of Anti-Trans Bill

The Louisiana House of Representatives fell two votes short of the number of legislators needed to keep trans youth from playing on sports teams that match their gender identity.

The Republican-controlled House voted 68-30 to override Gov. John Bel Edwards’ veto of SB 156, the anti-trans sports bill that inspired the state’s first veto session since adopting its 50-year-old constitution. Seventy votes were needed to overturn the veto and uphold the sports ban.

Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said in a statement, “Sustaining Governor John Bel Edwards’ veto by rejecting this arbitrary, discriminatory bill affirms the reality that transgender people have been playing sports for years without incident. There is simply no basis — no evidence or local examples of the issue this bill was trying to address. This legislation was, simply put, dangerous waste of time.”

In a press conference, Edwards said, “I would rather the headlines going out from today to be that Louisiana did what was right and best. We rejected a play out of a national playbook that just had no place in Louisiana.”


LAPD Faces Excessive Force Complaints


 Photo via LAPD, Facebook.

The Los Angeles Police Department is reviewing reports of excessive force following protests over the treatment of a trans woman that some are saying doesn’t exist.

Forty people were arrested earlier this month for refusal to disperse after two opposing groups of protesters clashed and objects were thrown at police officers. ABC News 7 aired footage of an officer firing a less-than-lethal round at close range, hitting a protester in the stomach.

The altercations occurred outside Koreatown’s Wi Spa, where two women filmed themselves confronting owners over the spa’s queer-friendly non-discrimination policy. The women alleged that they saw a transgender woman in the changing room and demanded refunds. 

Wi Spa representatives told Los Angeles Magazine, "Like many other metropolitan areas, Los Angeles contains a transgender population, some of whom enjoy visiting a spa. Wi Spa strives to follow the law and meet the needs and safety of all of its customers."

Police say no one else has come forward to confirm the allegations in the women’s video, and the spa says none of its transgender clients booked appointments that day.