As the United States battles the coronavirus pandemic, lawmakers in Idaho quietly passed the first two anti-transgender bills in the country to be approved by both houses of a state legislature. And with residents under a “stay-at-home” order, protesters lost the opportunity to make their voices heard in person. Now LGBTQ+ rights advocates are calling on Idaho’s Republican Governor Brad Little to veto the measures, known as House Bill 500 and House Bill 509. The deadline to veto the two anti-transgender bills is March 31 — coinciding with International Transgender Day of Visibility. “This legislation discriminates against transgender individuals and presents a dangerous potential for the invasion of privacy of all Idaho students,” the ACLU of Idaho said in a statement. “It distracts from the urgent need for the State of Idaho to focus its attention on the global pandemic, COVID-19.”  House Bill 500 would ban transgender women and girls from competing in girls’ sports at public schools and state colleges and universities in Idaho. The legislation, referred to as the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, only applies to transgender students wanting to participate in girls’ or women’s sports, even if they identify as female. The bill does not apply to transgender


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