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Gabrielle Union Fights Tennessee Gov. Over ‘Fascist’ Ban on Gender-Affirming Health Care for Minors: ‘You’re In for a Rude Awakening’

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Marc Malkin Senior Film Awards, Events & Lifestyle Editor Gabrielle Union says Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has messed with the wrong people, after the Republican governor signed a bill into law on Friday banning gender-affirming health care for minors. “There is an army that rebukes you, that does not agree with you and that will not lie down while this fascist rule is instituted,” Union told me Saturday at the 2023 Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica. “And that’s just one state.

There are several states who were doing the same thing, and they will be met with resistance. People are not going to take this lying down.

They’re just not. So if you thought this was going to be a cakewalk, you’re in for a rude awakening.” Union and her basketball star husband Dwyane Wade have become fierce advocates for the LGBTQ community ever since their 15-year-old daughter Zaya revealed she is transgender.

Wade recently dedicated his and Union’s Presidents Award at the NAACP Image Awards to Zaya. “I want to take this moment to publicly speak to our daughter Zaya,” Wade said. “Zaya, as your father, all I’ve wanted to do was get it right.

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