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Barack Obama saddened by attacks on trans youth: “It breaks my heart”

Barack Obama Photo: Shutterstock Former President Barack Obama spoke out against the dozens of bills attacking transgender youth that have been filed by state Republican lawmakers all over the country this year, saying that “it breaks my heart.”

“This is not who we are,” he told The Advocate . “America has always been at its best when we open our arms wider and help more people feel like they belong — not treat them like second-class citizens because they’re different.”

Most of the bills filed to roll back transgender rights this year have attacked transgender youth, usually their access to gender-affirming health care or right to participate in school sports. Other bills were filed to expand religious exemptions, force schools to out trans students to their parents, or make businesses post signs that say they serve transgender people equally, as if cisgender customers need to be warned.

“These bills are doing real harm – especially to young people – whether they end up passing or not,” Obama said. Several of the bills have already failed, but enough of them have been passed to have raised concerns about trans youth suicide and have made families of trans youth consider moving out of their […]

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