Two governors — one a Republican, one a Democrat — have stood up to the harmful measures.
"We don’t want to go down that road," Democrat Laura Kelly says as an anti-trans bill awaits her action and similar measures advance in other states.
Kansas and Alabama follow the lead of states like South Dakota and Mississippi.
As member of the Chickasaw Nation, Byers pulled off another national first.
In November, Washington could elect an out lieutenant governor, Kansas its first trans state legislator, and Michigan its first out member of Congress.
An activist who backed the new law says he felt his job was threatened when Olathe City Council member Karin Brownlee complained to his employer.
Equality Kansas leaders have called for Karin Brownlee's resignation from the Olathe City Council.