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Republicans believe they have just the ticket to win back voters. It’s transphobia.

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: A supporter holds a sign that says “Support Trans Youth” in Washington Square Park on the 8th Annual Trans Day of Action on June 22, 2012 in New York City. Photo: Shutterstock Republicans have declared war on transgender Americans, and in particular young trans people. A record number of bills are pending in state legislatures to limit trans youths’ access to health care and to sports, a sign that the party has decided to the attack is a political winner.

The GOP assault on trans rights isn’t new, of course. The Trump administration banned transgender military personnel , moved to let providers discrminate against trans patients and rolled back Obama-era protections in for students . But the current crop of bills in at least two dozen states are a sign of a concerted effort by Republicans to use transphobia as a wedge issue against Democrats.

Related: The GOP’s attacks on LGBTQ people this week in Congress were the worst in decades

The bills flying through state legislatures fall into two categories: one attempts to ban providers from providing gender-affirming health care for trans youth, and the other bans trans women from participating in women’s sports.

Amazingly, the GOP believes that […]

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