This week read about Missouri Sen. Elaine Gannon asking a non-binary student inappropriate questions, and a school board in Minnesota hosting an anti-LGBT group.

Missouri State Senator Asks Non-Binary Student About Their Genitals

The Human Rights Campaign posted a video of Missouri Sen. Elaine Gannon at a March hearing for a bill that would ban trans girls from playing in sports teams that match their gender. In the video, Gannon is seen asking a non-binary teen inappropriate questions.

Avery Jackson is 14 years old and was advocating against the bill at the meeting. Gannon told Jackson that it must cause “issues” when Jackson tries to go to the “ladies’ room.” Jackson told her that it didn’t.

“They probably don’t realize because you have such long hair,” Gannon said then asked, “Are you gonna go through the procedure?”

When Jackson asked the senator if she thinks people go into bathrooms showing off their genitals, Gannon said she “was just curious.”

Debi Jackson, Avery’s mother, asked, "You're asking a 14-year-old on public record about genitals and if people could see that?" Debi told the Advocate after the hearing that Avery left the room shaking and in tears.

The chair of the meeting committee, Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin, did not intervene during the interaction between the Jacksons and Gannon.

Minnesota School Board Hosts Anti-LGBT Group


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A school board in Beckers, Minnesota, invited the Child Protection League, an anti-LGBT group, to speak at a special meeting in order to present the “other side” of controversial issues. The board was met with protestors, many of whom were local students.

According to the Star Tribune, the Child Protection League was reportedly invited because OutFront Minnesota, an LGBT advocacy group, spoke at a meeting last August.

Barb Anderson formed the League as well as another group, called the Parents Action League which the Southern Poverty Law Center has classified as a hate group.

Anderson was not at the meeting, but the League’s chair, Julie Quist, was. She spoke out against books that are inclusive of different gender identities.

During her nearly hour-long talk, she was interrupted several times by protestors chanting "gay rights are human rights."

"It's just really hard to even process the kinds of discrimination that we're going through and the ways in which the school board and administration aren't listening to us," Austyn Clemen, a local high school senior, said.


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