GLSEN Arizona Statement on Executive Orders
Governor Hobbs is Protecting LGBTQIA+ People in Arizona with Two Executive Orders!
Today, GLSEN Arizona commends Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs for making Arizona a safer place for LGBTQIA+ people by issuing two executive orders that provide the following protections: a ban on the use of state and federal money for conversion therapy for minors, a revision to state health insurance plans to ensure coverage of gender-affirming medical care, and protections for LGBTQIA+ people traveling out of state to access gender-affirming healthcare. GLSEN Arizona Board Co-Chairs Andi Young (she/her) and Shawnte Rothschild (she/her) released the following statement:
“Today, Governor Hobbs continued to use the power of her office to protect LGBTQIA+ people in Arizona. After relentless attacks by state lawmakers and extremist groups during this past legislative session, these executive orders send a strong message that anti-LGBTQIA+ discrimination will not be tolerated in Arizona. Research finds that LGBTQIA+ students across the state experience high rates of bullying, harassment, and discrimination, but these executive orders provide needed protections for students and adults as they navigate their daily lives within their communities. We look forward to continuing to work with the governor’s office to advance LGBTQIA+ justice, gender justice, racial justice, and disability justice in Arizona’s K-12 schools.”
GLSEN Arizona is the local, statewide chapter of GLSEN, a multi-racial, intergenerational LGBTQIA+ organization working nationally and locally to transform K-12 educational systems in the United States. Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach millions of students and educators in K-12 schools, via action at the national, state, and local level. Since 1990, GLSEN has improved conditions for LGBTQIA+ students across the United States and helped launch an international movement to address LGBTQIA+ issues in education.