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GOP Oklahoma Lawmaker Criticized For Transgender Comments

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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma State Rep. Justin Humphrey prepares to speak at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. Humphrey, an Oklahoma lawmaker who helped revive an anti-transgender bill is coming under fire for saying transgender people "have a mental illness." Humphrey made the comment in an email exchange with a woman who was urging him to vote against the bill. Humphrey defended his comments in an interview Friday, April 16, 2021, with The Associated Press. (Steve Gooch/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

(AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker who helped revive an anti-transgender bill is coming under fire for saying transgender people “have a mental illness.” Rep. Justin Humphrey made the comment in an email exchange with a woman who was urging him to vote against the bill. Humphrey defended his comments in an interview Friday with The Associated Press.

Oklahoma is one of more than a dozen states where lawmakers are proposing restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health care for trans minors this year. Opponents of the bill have expressed concern its passage could lead to the NCAA moving its College Softball World Series from Oklahoma.

 

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