Approximately 150 “Trans Lives Matter” insurrectionists from Oklahomans For Equality and Freedom stormed the state capitol building on Monday, in essence occupying the interior rotunda to protest GOP bills that would ban gender surgery for those under 21 years old.
The demonstration started outside and then migrated indoors. The protesters told the Daily Mail that they entered the building peacefully, undergoing security checks, before conducting the demonstration inside. Despite local media calling it a “gathering,” many thought the demonstration seemed to fit the bill for an “insurrection.”
It’s unclear how many state lawmakers were in the building when it was invaded Monday.
Republican Governor Kevin Stitt is leading the way on bills that include a ban on state funds being used for gender reassignment care or surgery for anyone under the age of 18. Senate Bill 129 ostensibly would discipline any doctor who performed such surgeries on anyone under the age of 26. They could face criminal prosecution and lose their licenses over gender-reassignment surgeries.
Organizers of the protest confusingly called the legislation “genocide” and claimed that restricting young people’s access to gender care would drive them to suicide.
A mob of #trans activists took over the Oklahoma Capitol building to try & stop the state’s Republican lawmakers from passing bills that would outlaw the transitioning of minors & require teachers to inform parents if students identify as trans. pic.twitter.com/TPxdhKe9Eq
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) February 7, 2023
Some medical professionals are asserting that the bills will drive doctors out of state.
Governor Stitt gave his State of the State address Monday night and reiterated his support for the bills, calling on the state legislature to pass them.
“We must protect our most vulnerable – our children. After all, minors can’t vote, can’t purchase alcohol, can’t purchase cigarettes… we shouldn’t allow a minor to get a permanent gender-altering surgery in Oklahoma. That’s why I am calling on the legislature to send me a bill that bans all gender transition surgeries and hormone therapies on minors in the state!” he proclaimed.
“As governor, I will never shy away from calling out right from wrong. I will not be intimidated by partisan interest groups or make decisions based on groupthink. I will continue my responsibility to lead, not follow. I ran for this office five years ago because I was tired of seeing other states succeed while ours got left behind,” Stitt declared.
“We are Oklahoma” https://t.co/qYqoKDiMNG pic.twitter.com/XG7L183PZX
— Nick Camper (@nickcamper) February 6, 2023
The governor signed a bill last year that bans transgender females from competing in girls’ sports. It also bans transgender females from using girls’ locker rooms and bathrooms. Students must use the bathroom of the gender they were born to under state law now.
“We want to make sure that if we’re going to do a procedure like this that is irreversible, then we want to make sure an individual is at their full maturity when it comes to cognitive development,” Republican Senator David Bullard said earlier this year, according to the Daily Mail.
House Bill 101, which was proposed by State Rep. Jim Olsen, would prevent doctors from giving a referral for puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and gender reassignment surgeries for people under the age of 21.
Senate Bill 252 would prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from receiving gender reassignment surgery. Senate Bill 250 would ban medical officials and entities from receiving reimbursement through Medicaid if they offer gender transition services.
The bills are seen as some of the strictest transgender healthcare legislation in the country.
Many saw the “insurrection” for what it was despite what the media was spouting:
Have they declared it an insurrection against the government of Oklahoma yet and started handing out big prison sentences yet? When does the Senate Committee meet to discuss this historical event?
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) February 7, 2023
Has anyone checked on AOC?
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) February 7, 2023
So, according to the left’s standards, an insurrection…
— ️ (@CasuallyGreg) February 7, 2023
Guess it’s ok when they do it.
— Andrew Willey (@AndrewWilleyMG) February 7, 2023
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 7, 2023
Did they break through any barriers? Or were the doors opened for them to come in?
— Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa) February 7, 2023
The transbarians at the gate
— Sietske Bergsma (@SBergsma) February 7, 2023
Chant away. They are going to lose. https://t.co/LoFZXjC1Lg
— Billboard Chris (@BillboardChris) February 7, 2023
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