Tracking America’s historic wave of anti-trans legislation

Xtra Magazine wrote about the Trans Legislation Tracker, highlighting the work I’ve been doing over the past two years to document anti-trans legislation in the U.S. Read the full article here.

In the midst of this ongoing battle, software developer and creative technologist Andrew Bales took action by creating Trans Legislation Tracker: a data visualization tool that aims to detail the ongoing crisis the U.S. trans community faces. Instead of merely compiling a list of discriminatory legislation, Bales created a colour-coded map using data sourced from the pro-LGBTQ2S+ advocacy groups American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Freedom for All Americans (FFAA), plus other organizations.

“I wanted to really understand the scale of it, so I started by just looking at a few individual bills.” Bales says. “The language is very brutal and direct and dehumanizing.”

It was a pleasure to talk with @EmmaBanks for this story. It’s heartening to see people engage with the site, learn about this legislative push, and get involved.