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Five bills in Missouri legislature seek to restrict transgender rights

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Anti-trans bills currently being filed in the Missouri General Assembly are following a longtime legislative trend in the state.

One bill would revoke the licenses of doctors who prescribe any form of medical gender-affirming care for minors, such as hormone replacement therapy.

Another would prevent trans women and girls from being allowed to compete on women's sports teams.

Sophie Hurwitz is a St. Louis-based journalist who has been reporting on anti-trans legislation for Xtra Magazine. Hurwitz views the bills as heavily transphobic.

"They make trans individuals prove where they fit in in society rather than just letting them go about their day-to-day life," Hurwitz says. "I think that these bills do just sort of reiterate to kids that they might not necessarily be welcome in Missouri."

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