“In the effort to defeat HB500/509 in Idaho, NEAT couldn't have joined the coalition at a better time,” said Damon Hainline, field organizer with the National Center for Transgender Equality. “NEAT not only allowed dozens of supporters across the country to join our phone banking efforts, their system became the backbone of grassroots contact to the governor when we were no longer able to hold in person phone banks.”
“This type of rapid response is exactly what our Field Collaborative was made for,” said Brian Silva, Founder and Executive Director of NEAT. “While we didn’t get the outcome we hoped for, we will continue to fight for Justice for all transgender people in Idaho and beyond.”
HB 500 makes Idaho the first state to ban transgender students from joining same-gendered sports teams. While HB 509 bans transgender residents from updating their name and gender marker on their birth certificate, making it impossible for transgender people in Idaho to properly identify themselves.
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