‘Our state is at war with our family’: Clergy with trans kids fight back

March 01, 2023

“Our state is at war with our family,” Bogard said. Finally, on March 13, 2020, Bogard’s child told his teacher that he was a boy and that he had picked a new name. “I’m here because I have a trans brother and a trans friend,” he said in remarks that he wrote himself. Like several sponsors of transgender legislation, state Rep. Justin Sparks (R) lists his church in his official House biography. With emotions running so high this session, state Sen. Greg Razer (D), the chamber’s only openly gay member, worried the fight this year is stacked against transgender children and their families.