House Republicans back ban on transgender girls, women athletes

Rep. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix. /Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy/ Arizona Mirror

By Laura Gómez | Arizona Mirror

As the hours-long debate on whether transgender girls and women should be allowed to play the sports they love at Arizona schools and universities unfolded, JP Martin watched from the House gallery. 

Martin was busy live-tweeting the legislative back-and-forth for Equality Arizona, an LGBTQ advocacy group where he works as the political director. The organization has been among the most vocal groups opposing House Bill 2706, the measure sought by a socially conservative religious advocacy group. 

As he watched the debate, Martin juggled posts on Twitter and Facebook, all the time texting on his phone. 

“I was texting with people from all over the state. They were crying, they felt upset,” he said. “I share all of those feelings.”

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