press release


News from Progress Michigan

January 27, 2024

Contact: Sam Inglot,

Quiet Part Loud: GOP Lawmakers Plot to Deny People Gender Affirming Care

MICHIGAN – On Saturday, the public learned that Republican lawmakers from Ohio and Michigan intend to ban gender affirming care—for everyone. The Michigan lawmakers on the call included State Senators Lana Theis and Jonathan Lindsey and State Representatives Brad Paquette, Josh Schriver and Tom Kunse. The following response can be attributed to Sam Inglot, executive director of Progress Michigan:

“The lengths to which Republican lawmakers have been willing to go publicly in their campaign to demonize, victimize, and isolate trans people are already despicable, but the comments made on this call go even further. Gone are the flimsy and veiled comments—now, they’re admitting to their real intention: stripping away trans people’s fundamental right to pursue the care that’s right for them. 

“Of course, this isn’t just about the procedures themselves. It’s about the hate, bigotry and cruelty that drives right-wing extremists, to the point where they would rather see trans people suffer than simply let them exist. 

“To the lawmakers on this call, and all who insist on attacking trans people and their rights, our message is simple: trans people are our friends, our family, our neighbors. They are valued members of our community who deserve safety and peace, and we will fight tooth and nail to protect their rights and lives.”