"...Despite all the cruelties, I believe people saw a glimpse of what our country can be if we stand up for democracy and for one another." Zooey Zephyr

Zooey Zephyr

Montana State Representative, HD100



April 18th

Rep. Zooey Zephyr speaks up in support of gender-affirming healthcare for Trans youth on the Montana House Floor:

"If you are denying gender-affirming care and forcing a trans child to go through puberty, that is tantamount to torture, and this body should be ashamed. If you vote yes on this bill, I hope the next time you bow your heads in prayer, you see the blood on your hands."

April 19th

Montana's Republican Freedom Caucus calls for Rep. Zooey Zephyr's censure. Yes, you're reading that right - a "Freedom" group goes out of their way to limit an elected Representative's freedom.

April 20th

The Montana Republican Party refuses Rep. Zephyr to speak on any bill on this day and for the remainder of the 2023 legislative session. "This is fundamentally undemocratic", she tweets, "My light is on, and I am ready to speak on behalf of the constituents who elected me to do so."

The Missoula County Democrats and Montana American Indian Caucus issue statements in support of Rep. Zephyr, among others.

On April 21st, Rep. Zooey Zephyr is again disallowed from speaking on the Montana House floor for the second day in a row. 

April 24th

3,200-name petition is turned into House Speaker Regier to "Let Zooey Speak". Meanwhile, Montana citizens are being arrested and Rep. Zephyr steps off the House floor in solidarity with them.

April 26th

Montana State Representative Zooey Zephyr, HD100, is removed from the House floor for the remainder of the legislative session.

The next day, April 27th, the work continues for Rep. Zephyr - from the public seating of the Montana House - and there were apparently attempts to have her removed from that public area too.

April 28th

From Rep. Zephyr on Twitter (@ZoAndBehold): "Republicans used a series of procedures to remove every bill from my committees, silencing my constituents beyond what they already voted to do. My constituents elected me to speak on their behalf—in committee & on the floor—and stopping me from doing so is anti-democratic."

A now-former Montana House Judiciary Clerk quits her job to join Zooey Zephyr's team as a staff member.

A rally in Missoula with Rep. Zephyr inspires tremendous hope - and a Q & A / meet-and-greet session follows on April 30th.

May 1st, 2nd

May 1st: As described by Rep. Zephyr, the MT GOP's actions violated her 1st Amendment rights - and the rights of her 11,000-strong constituency - prompting her to sue.

May 2nd: Rep. Zephyr responds to a judge's decision to NOT issue a Temporary Restraining Order, calling it "a dangerous and undemocratic continuation of that trend, as it undermines the very principles that our country was founded on" in a May 2nd, 2023 press release.

May 3rd

The Montana House 68th Legislative session adjourns. Rep. Zephyr signs her name on her desk, Seat 31, in line with Montana State Representatives' tradition. She departs for Missoula to "root myself in the community I love so much", and to prepare for meetings with leaders across Montana and the country.

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The Decline of the Standards of Decorum from The Conversation

"Montana House Rep. Zooey Zephyr's censure shows that American standards of political decorum are failing" - 05.04.23 by Alauna Safarpour

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Statement from LGBTQ+ Victory Institute + GLAAD

"LGBTQ+ Victory Institute, GLAAD Statement on Censuring Montana Rep. Zooey Zephyr, Other LGBTQ Elected Officials and Allies." 04.26.23

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