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Navigating a new terrain

A closer look at Indiana’s new proposed bill regarding transgenders’ recognition rights

In early January, House Bill 1291 was presented at an Indiana General Assembly meeting. This new proposed bill will impact the lives and identities of LGBTQ+ members around Indiana.

The bill, authored by Indiana representative Chris Judy, suspends transgender recognition on important state documents and statues by replacing the term “gender” with the phrase “biological sex.”

This denies LGBTQ+ members the right to express their preferred pronouns.

Furthermore, this proposed legislation will change the stance on gay marriage. The bill states that marriage is “between a man and a woman.” Any marriage that doesn’t follow this phrase will be deemed void.

The substantial list of legislation passed against the LGBTQ+ community grows higher and higher leaving some furious with the ramifications these passed bills bring along.

They are trying to take control of our lives. They have no right to do that.

— senior Zen Vest

In the summer of 2023, many bills regarding transgender rights were passed. These bills ranged from prohibiting transgender healthcare for minors to banning books that include LGBTQ+ content.

“Indiana politicians are overreaching when it comes to the LGBTQ community,” Pride Club sponsor Timothy Case said. “I disagree with their efforts and attempts.”

Similarly, Pride club members at SHS believe that the bills created by Indiana law makers are unconstitutional and will cause riots.

As members of this community they believe that this new legislation interferes with their ability to express their true identity.

“They are trying to take control of our lives,” senior Zen Vest said. “They have no right to do that.”

The future of this proposed bill lies in the hands of the Indiana lawmakers. Though they have made many attempts to weaken the LGTBQ+ community, members of this community will still continue to hold their true identities close to their hearts.

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Simran Baidwan, Culture Reporter
Hi! My name is Simran Baidwan, and I am a sophomore this year at SHS. This is my first year on The Journal, and I am a writer for Culture. I took the full-year Journalism course my freshman year, and I decided that joining The Journal would be a great fit for me. Some things to know about me are that I am Punjabi. Quick side note: My parents were born in a northern state in India called Punjab, so I am Punjabi, and the religion I practice is Sikhism. Other things about me are that I love to travel. So far, I have traveled to Canada, India, and England. I have also been to various places in the U.S. Over the last year, I have developed a love for reading. My favorite genres include fiction and true crime. If I’m not reading, then you can probably find me watching TV. One of my all-time favorite shows is “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”  I also love music. It is part of my everyday life from playing the violin, learning to play the piano or just listening to music. I’m so excited to be on staff, and I can’t wait to see what The Journal brings this year!

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