“Parents in Texas are terrified that simply by loving and supporting their children, they could be reported to Child Protective Services,” the organization said.
In the early hours of Friday, April 7, Republican legislators from Kansas, in the United States, approved a plan that aims to put an end to medical care required by minors belonging to the trans population. The action was described by progressive communities as a great setback in terms of respect for the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community. The worrying thing, argue those who are against the measure, is that with this there are already more than ten states in the North American country that are going against the sexually diverse population.
The bill, approved thanks to a vote in favor of 70 officials and 52 against in the House of Representatives, forces the state medical board to revoke the license of medical personnel to offer gender-affirming care to minors. To this is added that the proposal received 23 votes in favor and 12 against in the Senate. It will be Democrat Laura Kelly who has the last word on the controversial law.
It is noteworthy that she herself has argued that she is in favor of defending the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community and that she is willing to reject any measure “that seeks to harm or discriminate against them.” It is expected, then, that she manages to veto the law.
The speakers of this measure, in addition, seek that transgender girls can take part in sports practices in female leagues and that the sex of a person according to which they were biologically assigned at birth be legally reaffirmed.
From the social networks of the organization The Trevor Project, dedicated to the prevention of suicide among LGBTIQ+ youth, it was assured that the medical care provided to the transgender community “can save lives.” According to that entity, in the United States, 15 states, “or more than a quarter of all US states, have prohibited or restricted this medically necessary care for trans youth.” From this portal it is highlighted that 86% of trans and non-binary youth have seen their mental health affected due to state restrictions.
The worrying thing, argue those who are against the measure, is that with this there are already more than ten states in the North American country that are going against the sexually diverse population
“Elected officials should work to support LGBTQ youth, not pass laws to further isolate them. We will continue to work with partners to roll back these attacks. We will not stop fighting until all LGBTQ youth feel safe and supported for who they are. To all trans youth, we are here for you, 24/7″, detailed, through its communication portals, the spokesperson for that space that works in favor of human rights.
In March of this year, it was the state of Florida that joined the list of those sectors of the United States that oppose young people accessing hormonal treatments and other medical interventions for their sex reassignment. In the list of states with similar policies, according to The Trevor Project, are, under different circumstances, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama and West Virginia. .
“We have spoken with doctors and received testimony supporting and opposing the issue and the overwhelming data does not support the use of puberty blockers and hormone therapy (…) This board is not against science; he is not against care for transgender children,” she stated. “What the board seeks is to protect our children from therapies that have been shown to create irreversible damage,” Héctor Vila, a pediatric anesthesiologist and member of the Florida State Medical Board, argued about his position.
In March 2022, Human Rights Watch commented that the rights of trans children in the United States were in danger. “Parents in Texas are terrified that simply by loving and supporting their children, they could be reported to Child Protective Services,” the organization commented, among other things, within its report.
The same president of the United States, Joe Biden, commented, during the third month of this 2023, that what was happening in Florida was ‘shameful’ and ‘cruel’. “It’s not like a kid woke up one day and said, ‘You know what? I have decided to become a man or a woman (…) They are human beings. They have feelings. They have emotions (…) it seems cruel to me, ”he commented in an interview with The Daily Show.
At the time, the US president was referring to the Don’t Talk About Gays law, which seeks to prevent schools from teaching about issues related to gender and sexual orientation.