Opinion | Inside the Republican Anti-Transgender Machine

A.C.L.U. attorney Chase Strangio on the coordinated strategy behind the more than 100 anti-transgender bills introduced this year.

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Republican lawmakers are suddenly obsessed with “saving women’s sports.” They’ve introduced over 100 bills in more than 30 states limiting trans children’s access to sports teams and gender-affirming health care. It’s a push to make trans issues the latest chapter in what is being framed as the culture wars.

Chase Strangio, an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, calls this “a crisis that is manufactured by groups that have long been working to solidify particular norms of gender and sexuality.”

Strangio has been leading the A.C.L.U.’s fight against these bills and outlines the complex Republican machine behind this recent spike in anti-trans legislation. In this conversation with Kara Swisher, he connects the dots between state legislatures, deep fund-raising pockets and conservative think tanks like the American Legislative Exchange Council. And he points out the way that Democrats — particularly with the support of big business — could beat the G.O.P. at its own game.

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“Sway” is produced by Nayeema Raza, Blakeney Schick, Heba Elorbany, Matt Kwong and Daphne Chen, and edited by Nayeema Raza and Paula Szuchman; fact-checking by Kate Sinclair; music and sound design by Isaac Jones; mixing by Erick Gomez. Special thanks to Shannon Busta and Liriel Higa.

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