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Anti-drag legislation passes Arkansas Senate in 29-6 party-line vote

BY: - January 24, 2023

A proposed law that would limit where drag performances can occur will head to the Arkansas House of Representatives after passing the Senate on a party-line vote Tuesday. Senate Bill 43  defines a “drag performance” as at least one person “exhibit[ing] a gender identity that is different from the performer’s gender assigned at birth using […]

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Arkansas legislation restricting school restroom use mimics Conway policy

BY: - January 22, 2023

Activists from Conway will speak against a bill before the House Education Committee on Thursday, sharing their experience with the Conway School District’s policy that restricts children’s access to bathrooms and changing areas based on their gender assigned at birth. House Bill 1156, filed Tuesday, would apply to multiple-occupancy restrooms and locker rooms, as well […]

Drag performer Athena Sinclair, aka M.D. Hunter, speaks against a bill that would define "a drag performance" as an adult-oriented business during a senate committee hearing Thursday morning, Jan. 19, 2023. The bill’s primary sponsor Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R-Branch), left, listened to testimony from opponents and supporters of the bill before the committee passed it with a recommendation the full Senate adopt it. (Photo by John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate/01/19/2023)

Anti-drag bill passes Arkansas Senate committee, opponents rally outside Capitol

BY: - January 19, 2023

Dozens — including drag performers and transgender Arkansans — stood on the Arkansas State Capitol steps Thursday afternoon and sang “Seasons of Love” to the assembled crowd, an act of defiance against a proposed law approved by a legislative committee just hours earlier. The performance, organizers said, would be banned under Senate Bill 43, which […]

In this photo illustration, a mobile phone can be seen displaying the logos for Chinese apps WeChat and TikTok in front of a monitor showing the flags of the United States and China on an internet page in Beijing, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Arkansas becomes latest state to ban TikTok on public devices after governor’s directive

BY: - December 16, 2022

Arkansas recently became the latest of a growing number of states to ban the use of the popular social media app TikTok on state devices and networks due to fears of data misuse by the Chinese government. Under direction from Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Division of Information Systems Director Jonathan Askins sent a Dec. 8 […]