Activists took over the Oklahoma Capitol to protest anti-trans legislation

On Monday, protestors gathered in Oklahoma City at the Oklahoma State Capitol building to protest two measures that would severely restrict access to gender-affirming care in the state.

According to OU Daily, some 150 demonstrators gathered outside the Capitol before entering the building, yelling “trans lives matter” and holding posters that read “Save Trans Lives” and “Stop Healthcare Bans on Trans.”

The demonstration took place on the same day as the commencement of the legislative session and the State of the State address by Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-OK). Two measures sponsored by Republican state senators were at issue: Senate Bill 129, which would prohibit Oklahomans under the age of 26 from receiving gender-affirming therapy, and Senate Bill 252, which would restrict minors’ access to gender-affirming care.