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NewsWrap: March 29

The U.K. High Court revises its earlier decision banning puberty blockers and hormone therapy for trans people under 16 to allow for parental consent, Russian authorities interrogate 20 relatives to find the parents of two gay Chechen brothers facing trumped up terrorism charges, Dr. Rachel Levine’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate to be Assistant Secretary of Health makes her the first transgender federal appointee at that level, Republican officials in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee ban transgender girls from competing as girls in school sports programs, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem organizes an anti-trans national “Defend Title IX” coalition while she vetoes a bill to deny trans student athletes, Black queer Georgia state Representative Park Cannon is dragged away and arrested for knocking on the governor’s door as he signed a draconian law to suppress voting rights, and Long Beach, California vows to replace the rainbow lifeguard tower that was burned to the ground with a bigger one!

Produced by Brian DeShazor
Written by Greg Gordon and Lucia Chappelle
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