Ahead of the legislative session starting Monday, GOP lawmakers pre-filed at least four bills that would ban gender-affirming care for many transgender Oklahomans, according to Tulsa World.
Numerous bills would block children and some adults from receiving gender-affirming care that includes puberty blockers, cross-sex hormone therapies, and gender-reassignment surgeries.
In retaliation to the proposed ban, a group of Transgender protestors stormed and occupied the Oklahoma Capital.
Footage taken by Nick Camper, a reporter for local news channel KFOR, shows activists chanting “trans lives matter” in the main atrium of the capitol. In other clips, they can be seen shouting “protect trans kids” and “we are Oklahoma.” Later, protesters appear on balconies on the floors above chanting: “This is our house.”
The demonstration occurred on the same day that Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt gave his State of the State address, in which he endorsed Senate Bill 122. “As governor, I will never shy away from calling out right from wrong,” he said in his speech. “I will not be intimidated by partisan interest groups or make decisions based on groupthink.”