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Trans people face 'horrifying' rhetoric at statehouses


February 28, 2023

Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press

Gwendolyn Herzig speaks to a reporter at Park West Pharmacy in Little Rock, Arkansas on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It was pharmacist Gwendolyn Herzig's first time testifying before a legislative committee when she spoke to several Arkansas lawmakers in a packed hearing room this month about a bill restricting gender-affirming care for minors.

Herzig, who is transgender, spoke out against the legislation and told the panel that one of the biggest obstacles trans people face is a lack of empathy. Only a few minutes later, a Republican lawmaker asked her an inappropriate question about her genitalia.

''It was horrifying," she said.


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