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Public News Service - MT: LGBTQIA Issues

Advocates point to three bills passed by Montana lawmakers that will have a negative impact on trans community members. (USDA NRCS Montana/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. -- The transgender community faced an unprecedented number of attacks from the Montana Legislature this session, advocates said. The most notable was a bill to ban trans girls from high school sports, which supporters contended will protect girls' sports. Opponents argued trans girls

Montana and other state legislatures have introduced a record number of bills restricting rights for trans people. (Tracy/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Conservative social issues are a top priority in Montana's legislative session this year, but opponents are pushing back. A slate of measures singling out trans Montanans and restricting reproductive rights are nearing the governor's desk. Izzy Milch, issue advocacy organizer at F

HB 113 would fine Montana doctors up to $50,000 for offering gender-affirming health care to minors. (nito/Adobe Stock)

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HELENA, Mont. -- Two bills restricting transgender youths are on the docket for Montana lawmakers this year. House Bill 112 would ban transgender athletes in public schools from participating in sports consistent with their gender. House Bill 113 would prohibit gender-affirming health care for min

Two spirit people are reclaiming some of their traditional roles in native tribes at a gathering in Montana this week. (Montana Two Spirit Society)

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FLATHEAD LAKE, Mont. – Indigenous people from around the world this weekend at Flathead Lake are reclaiming the roles of what some refer to as "two spirit" people. The Montana Two Spirit Society, a Native American organization formed by LGBT groups, is holding its 24th annual gathering. Th

Indigenous people from around the world will be at the 23rd annual Montana Two Spirit Gathering. (Mel Ponder photography)

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FLATHEAD LAKE, Mont. — The Montana Two Spirit Society, a Native American organization formed by LGBT groups, is holding its 23rd annual gathering this week at Flathead Lake. The term "two spirit" doesn't simply describe LGBTQ Native Americans, however. Members of the group say it goes beyon

Members of Montana's LGBT community say there is still more work to be done to achieve equality. (Red Jackal Photography/Big Sky Pride)

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HELENA, Mont. – June is Pride Month, a celebration of LGBT communities across the country. In Montana, Big Sky Pride is holding it's 25th annual celebration in Helena. It will include events across the city all weekend and a speech from Gov. Steve Bullock. A quarter century of pride in Mon

A coalition of groups calls Initiative 183 discriminatory against trans and non-binary Montanans. (SmartSigns/Flickr)

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BILLINGS, Mont. - A campaign opposing an initiative that restricts bathroom access for transgender Montanans launched on Tuesday in Billings. The Free and Fair Coalition is starting "No on I-183," an initiative heading to November's ballot that would require people to use a restroom, locker room or

PHOTO: Women from around the state are gathering in Helena today and Saturday for the annual Women's Policy Leadership Institute. Photo courtesy of Montana Women Vote.

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HELENA, Mont. – Today kicks off the annual Women's Policy Leadership Institute in Helena. Women from around the state will be discussing equal pay, domestic and sexual violence, LBGTQ concerns and issues in Indian Country. One workshop will offer advice on how Montana women can learn to ne

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