Nebraska bisexual lawmaker is facing an ethics complaint for having a trans son

After conservatives failed in their attempt to censure Democratic Montana state Rep. Zooey Zephyr, they are now targeting another prominent critic of anti-trans legislation. State Senator Megan Hunt (D) of Nebraska has been accused of having a “conflict of interest” since she has spoken out against anti-trans legislation: Transgenderedness runs in her family.

After receiving a complaint from David Begley, a local conservative attorney, the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission said last week that they would be opening an official inquiry against Hunt. The two-page notice claims that Hunt should have revealed that she is the parent of a trans child before voting against a law that would have denied trans youngsters access to vital medical treatment. If passed, the bill will make it illegal for transgender adolescents under the age of 18 to get puberty inhibitors and hormone replacement treatment. The complaint also implies that Hunt would have a “slightly more than average chance” of getting transition care for her kid if she filed a lawsuit, meaning she “could receive a financial benefit.” However, Medicaid does not presently pay transition care in Nebraska.

The allegation has been universally panned, including by Hunt herself, and it’s easy to see why. To Hunt, the probe is nothing more than “harassment” of her family, and she is the first bisexual person elected to the Nebraska Legislature. This week, she delivered a speech in which she argued that it was wrong to use the state’s legal system “to harass a member of the Legislature who you all know is trying to do the right thing.”

In the midst of a filibuster against the restriction on gender-affirming care by Nebraska Democrats, including Hunt’s colleague, state Sen. Machaela Cavanagh (D), Hunt came out publicly for the first time about having a trans kid. The bill’s opponents have pledged to delay any and all legislation this year unless the young transition restriction is scrapped.