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.