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Saturday, September 9 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Laws and Lives: Covering The Wave Of Anti-Trans Bills On The Road To “Eradication”

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Let’s break down the 400+ laws and policies being proposed and passed around the country that target LGBTQ+ communities, especially trans and gender-expansive people. We’ll also look at the policies and positions of key presidential candidates. This primer will help reporters, editors, and newsroom leaders get up-to-speed on what’s happening on the legislative and political front. When and how does a piece of proposed legislation become relevant enough to cover? How do coverage best practices for executive orders or emergency rules, like those in Texas and Missouri, differ from standard legislation? What stories will come out of these bills, if they’re passed? And how can reporters connect to a community that has ample reason to be cautious about speaking to journalists who are trying to cover this legislation?

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Adam Rhodes

Training Director, IRE
Adam M. Rhodes is an investigative journalist whose work primarily focuses on queer people and the criminal legal system. Their recent work has examined HIV treatment access in Puerto Rico, HIV criminalization in Illinois, and a homophobic capital murder trial in the state. Rhodes... Read More →
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Minami Funakoshi

Graphics journalist/TJA board member, Reuters
Minami Funakoshi (they/them) is an award-winning nonbinary graphics journalist at Reuters. They are also on the board of Trans Journalists Association. They make data-driven visual stories, develop tools, and do backend and frontend development. Their graphics story on gender-inclusive... Read More →
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Jo Yurcaba

Reporter, NBC OUT, NBC News
Jo Yurcaba is a reporter for NBC Out, the LGBTQ section of NBC News. They cover everything under the LGBTQ umbrella with a focus on legislation targeting transgender people.

Saturday September 9, 2023 2:45pm - 3:45pm EDT
Regency C2 (Floor 2M)