States target transgender health care in first bills of 2023


              FILE - Zooey Zephyr, right, attends a legislative training session at the state Capitol in Helena, Mont., on Nov. 16, 2022. Zephyr, who is one of the first two transgender candidates elected to the Montana Legislature, says she hopes her presence will help fellow lawmakers better understand the trans community and lead them to avoid proposing legislation that can legitimize violence against the transgender community. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)
            
              FILE - The Utah State Capitol is shown on Feb. 1, 2022, in Salt Lake City. After a midterm election and record flow of anti-transgender legislation in 2022, Republican state lawmakers this year are zeroing in on questions of bodily autonomy with new proposals to limit gender-affirming health care and abortion access. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
States target transgender health care in first bills of 2023