LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- You may have noticed a banner flying over Interstate 630 Wednesday evening.
The group organizing this demonstration was standing with thousands across the country Wednesday for a national day of action to protect transgender women. These advocates say the so-called "bathroom bill," and one that would prohibit making changes to your birth certificate, are essentially trying to silence trans people in Arkansas.
"Get to know a transgender person, without having to worry about it,” said Rae Nelson, a transgender woman.
House bill 1894, the birth certificate bill, will go in front of the public health committee Thursday morning at 10. Senate bill 774, the “bathroom bill”, which would require people to use the bathroom that corresponds with their birth gender, will get voted on Monday.
A senate committee is posed to approve the bill, but a key supporter of the bill was absent on Wednesday, forcing the vote to get pushed to Monday. Senators were met with concerns today from Verizon arena officials who said they worry a bill like this could affect tourism and business in across the state.
“I think the concerns, the economic concerns, are real and we don’t need the bill,” said Senator Will Bond.
Governor Asa Hutchinson has also said Arkansas does not need a law like this. Other Senators disagree.
“We’ve got to do something in this day and time … all dignity from all sides,” said Senator Linda Collins-Smith.