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State's First Openly Transgender Elected Official Meets With Governor To Discuss SAFE Act

Evelyn Rios Stafford
Evelyn Rios Stafford poses in front of the Arkansas Capitol building on Mar. 2, 2021.

Evelyn Rios Stafford, who is a Washington County Justice of the Peace and the first openly transgender elected official in Arkansas, met with Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday after the state legislature passed the SAFE Act, or House Bill 1570, the day before. The bill would ban minors from receiving gender-affirming healthcare and penalize doctors who attempt to provide it. The governor has not yet signed or vetoed the bill.

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