Trans Montana lawmaker lashes out at GOP colleagues during House floor debate: ‘Blood on your hands’

Montana’s transgender state legislators face criticism over comments made in legislative efforts to pass an amendment to a bill banning gender reassignment treatment for minors. There is

Rep. Zooey Zephyr, who is bisexual and the first transgender member of the Montana legislature on Tuesday, told Republicans, “You have blood on your hands,” during a House debate on the proposed amendment to Senate Bill 99. ‘, after which he drew criticism. Please be present at their prayers.

“The only thing I can say is if you vote YES on this bill and if you vote YES on these amendments, the next time you bow your head and pray, the prayer will be made and you’ll see blood on your hands. I hope that’.

Majority Leader Sue Vinton interjected to remind colleagues that “issues can be discussed in a polite and respectful way.”

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Zephyr’s comments indicate that Montana Governor Greg Gianforte endorses the bill and is likely to sign the bill when the Republican-requested amendment to the bill is voted on and debated in the state legislature. was served to

The bill would ban certain medical procedures for transgender minors, but Gianforte proposed a proposed change on Monday, making public surgery and hormone therapy for young people diagnosed with gender dysphoria. Clarified that funds cannot be used.

“I share your deep commitment to protecting the children of Montana from invasive treatments that can permanently alter their healthy, developing bodies,” he said in a legislative directive proposing amendments. wrote in a letter to

Democratic Rep. Zooey Zephyr told a Republican colleague, “I hope I can see the blood on my hands the next time I bow my head and say a prayer.” (Education Images/Universal Images Group via Zooey Zephyr, Getty Images)

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Following Zephyr’s remarks in the House, the Montana State Liberty Commission, made up of more than 20 state legislators, released a statement calling for Zephyr to be denounced for his “hateful rhetoric.”

“The Montana Liberal Caucus told Rep. Zooey Zephyr of the Missoula House of Representatives District 100 in an attempt to humiliate the Montana legislature during a debate on the floor over an amendment to Senate Bill 99, Demands to be condemned by the House of Representatives for using inappropriate and unsolicited language – banning sex “minor modification”, read press release from group. “This bill has already passed through the Montana House and Senate, and the debate has been over the amendments requested by the governor.”

“This kind of hateful rhetoric of elected officials is exactly why tragedies like the Covenant Christian School shooting in Nashville happened,” the group concluded in a press release. Coupled with Supreme Court Justice Jim Nelson’s recent calls for ‘Jihad’ and ‘Fight to the Death’, there is undeniable evidence of a desire to engage in violence over political beliefs. This must stop.”

Senate Bill 99 was previously passed by a largely partisan vote in the Republican-controlled Congress. After the House passed an amendment proposed by Gianforte by his 66-34 vote, in the Senate he passed it by a 31-19 majority. returned to the desk.

Republican Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte speaking at the Montana Emigrant on July 24, 2021.

Republican Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte speaking at the Montana Emigrant on July 24, 2021. (William Campbell/Getty Images)


At least 13 states have enacted laws restricting or prohibiting sex reassignment treatments for minors, and three states have regulations or executive orders prohibiting or restricting such treatments. Federal judges have blocked enforcement of laws in Alabama and Arkansas. The Missouri Attorney General last week issued an emergency ban restricting treatment for adults.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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