Turner Comments on Damage of HB1888

Mike Seals - March 11, 2021 11:06 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Rep. Mauree Turner, D-OKC, released the following statement today in response to House Bill 1888, which prohibits public bodies from conducting gender or sexual diversity training or counseling.

“My mom raised me in an LGBTQ2S+ affirming space because she knew the world would not do the same.

“I’m appreciative that the language regarding the outing of students was removed as the legislation was quickly becoming more reminiscent of when people used to publish the identities and private information of our LGBTQ2S+ community members in newspapers so that they could be hunted down.

“Trying to legislate people into the ‘closet’ is not how we make Oklahoma a top 10 state.

“Many of my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, expressed to me their disgust with the legislation. I appreciate it, but I need those who chose to keep their disgust private to understand that they missed a chance to champion the victims of this legislation.

“You cannot say you are pro-life and pass legislation that is sure to increase suicide attempts and suicide rates for children in Oklahoma by weaponizing their identities against them – that’s not how this works.

“We suspended our children and communities in the air while we entertained House Bill 1888, waiting to hear it or not. Ultimately, we didn’t hear it, but so much damage has been done. May we start the healing process together and forever remember: magic happens when you show up. This couldn’t have been done without communities coming together. ”

 

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