We wanted to give our community an overview of the two recently-passed bills, SB 1165 and SB 1138, and how they affect our Arizona community. Please see a summary of the bills below:
Summary of SB 1165: Only recognizes binary, biological sex (male and female only) of athletes K-collegiate Arizona interscholastic or intramural sports. Prohibits males from playing on female sports teams, and considers transgender women to be biologically male. Therefore, it prohibits transgender women from playing on any women's or girls sports teams in the state of Arizona, levels K-collegiate.
The bill does not restrict any person from participating in sports teams designated as male sports. Bill lays the groundwork for schools to be sued for monetary damages if they allow transgender girls/women to participate in female sports.
Summary of SB 1138: "A physician or other health care professional may not provide gender transition procedures to any individual who is under eighteen years of age. A physician or other health care professional may not refer an individual who is under eighteen years of age to any health care professional for gender transition procedures."
Bill withholds public monies from any individual, entity or organization that provides gender transition procedures to any individual under eighteen years of age, and prohibits any state facility or employee from providing such services. Prohibits health insurance plans in Arizona from covering gender transition procedures for individuals under eighteen years of age. Bill lays the groundwork for individuals, family members, or the Arizona Attorney General to sue physicians and/or other health care professionals for violation of the contents of this statute.
From Equality Arizona:
This Saturday, October 9th, 2021, the Queer Poetry Salon will launch a third season by featuring poetry workshops, an open mic, and a featured reading from poets Jada Renee and Raquel Gutierrez. The Queer Poetry Salon is a collaborative project between Equality Arizona and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.
“The Queer Poetry Salon is a groundbreaking program that has become a place of hope and community from LGBTQ+ people in Arizona and around the country during the pandemic,” said Michael Soto, Executive Director of Equality Arizona. “We are grateful for the continuing partnership of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing because together we have been able to reach more poets and more community members during this challenging time,” concluded Mr. Soto.
“Poetry is in many ways about creating possibility in the world – which is more important than ever today. The Queer Poetry Salon is an opportunity to build community with people who are deeply invested in creating new possibility in the world,” said Tanner Menard, Program Manager and creator of the Queer Poetry Salon. “This season the Queer Poetry Salon will be new and expanded. It will include community-oriented workshops, open mics, and readings from prominent LGBTQ+ poets,” concluded Mx. Menard.
On October 9th the Queer Poetry Salon will begin with workshops at 1pm and 3pm, an open mic at 6pm, and the featured readings at 6:30pm. Anyone who would like to attend can do so by registering here.