In a heartwarming moment that signifies progress and love, Zooey Zephyr, a Democratic representative and a trailblazer in the transgender community, has proposed to her girlfriend, Erin Reed, an independent journalist and LGBTQ+ activist. Their engagement comes at a time when Zephyr has been facing challenges in her role as Montana’s first trans lawmaker. Recently, she was banned from speaking on the floor of the state’s House of Representatives after raising her voice against a bill that seeks to prohibit gender-affirming care for trans youth.
Zephyr’s powerful speech during the debate highlighted the potential harm of Montana Senate Bill 99, which aims to restrict the administration of physically reversible puberty blockers, calling it “tantamount to torture.” She fearlessly called out Republican lawmakers, warning them that they would have “blood on [their] hands” if they supported the bill. Unfortunately, as a consequence of her outspokenness, Zephyr is now unable to participate in House floor debates or engage in House business for the remainder of 2023—an action that has been criticized as an “assault on democracy.”
Despite these obstacles, Zephyr has shown resilience and continues to advocate for her constituents from the hallways of the Montana House. Together with the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana, she has initiated a lawsuit against the state, alleging that the House’s efforts to silence her violate not only her First Amendment rights but also the rights of her 11,000 constituents to representation in their state government. Zephyr’s determination is unwavering, even in the face of intimidation and mockery from individuals she refers to as “nasty smirking Karens.”
In the midst of this challenging period, Zephyr and Reed remain committed to their advocacy for the LGBTQ+ community. Despite a recent attempt to harass them through a “swat” tactic, they continue to stand firm. Now, the couple has shared joyous news, announcing their engagement on May 6th. Zephyr took to social media, sharing adorable pictures of the couple and expressing her love and excitement for their future together.
Erin Reed, a journalist and activist renowned for her reporting on legislation affecting transgender Americans, has been a steadfast partner to Zephyr throughout these trying months. Reed’s work includes creating a comprehensive map that outlines legislative risks faced by trans individuals in all 50 states. As news of their engagement spread, social media users joined in celebrating their love, hailing them as the “ultimate power couple.”
This heartwarming story of love, resilience, and advocacy serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggles faced by the LGBTQ+ community and the strength it takes to overcome them. Zooey Zephyr and Erin Reed’s love story stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration, lighting the way toward a more inclusive and accepting future.