In a majority of U.S. states, there are now either state lawmaker initiatives to ban or limit gender-reaffirming health care for those under the age of 18 or the respective laws have already been signed off on. Georgia was the latest state to pass legislation yesterday. The bill that outlaws gender-reaffirming surgery and hormone therapy but not puberty blockers now heads to Governor Brian Kemp’s desk, who hasn’t commented on his intentions of signing or not signing the bill.
Other than in Georgia, most bills passed and introduced around the country concerning health care for trans youth are full bans of any procedures or medication. Together with a recently passed bill in Iowa that governor Kim Reynolds intents to sign, gender-reaffirming care for minors could soon be banned or severely limited in 10 states. Just since the beginning of the year, new bans were signed into law in Utah, Mississippi and South Dakota, while existing bans were renewed or tightened in Arkansas and Tennessee – the first two states to put limits on gender-affirming care for minors back in 2021. Arizona’s and Alabama’s bans date back to 2022. In Florida, the decision to ban was made by the state’s board of medicine and went into effect earlier this month. In the case of the Kentucky law, a veto by Governor Andy Beshear seems likely.
Many U.S. states have also been pursuing other types of anti-trans and anti-LGBT laws. This includes bans on drag shows for minors – where Tennessee was the first state to finalize such a ban in early March -, bans on trans people using certain bathrooms, their participation in sports and more. While bans of gender-affirming care for minors failed in Virginia and Wyoming, the latter state recently passed a ban on transgender athletes competing consistent with their gender identity. A similar trans ban aimed at sports participation was meanwhile vetoed in Kansas by Governor Laura Kelly. Yet, both bills are just two examples of many being proposed and passed.
While trans persons transition medically at many different ages, there are many that chose to live as a sex different from the one assigned at birth even as children. For this group, transitioning during their teenage years and taking puberty blockers is an often-pursued approach. The bills in questions would delay a medical transition procedure until after puberty. Gender-reaffirming care for teenagers was recently thrust back into the spotlight by the murder of 16-year-old trans teenager Brianna Ghey in England. In the UK, young people like Ghey can receive hormone therapy and they can access gender-reaffirming surgery clinics from the age of 17.
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