How activists changed Republican lawmakers’ minds & killed an anti-transgender billOur stories are powerful! They change minds.
Four Republican lawmakers in Montana changed their minds at the last minute and killed a bill to ban health care for transgender youth.
By Alex Bollinger
January 27, 2021
A bill attacking transgender youth in Montana was stopped yesterday after equality advocates were able to change the minds of four Republican lawmakers at the last minute.
“The trans and nonbinary community is strong and so are our families, friends and supporters,” trans advocate SK Rossi told the Montana Free Press.
Monday morning, H.B. 113 was approved by the state House with a narrow, partisan 53-47 vote. The bill would ban doctors from providing gender-affirming healthcare to transgender minors, including puberty blockers, which have to be administered during puberty in order to be effective.
But in the third reading of the bill on Tuesday got a vote of 49-51 as several Republicans changed their votes.
Montana House Majority Leader Sue Vinton (R) said that she changed her mind – and her vote – after meeting with the parents of transgender youth.
We don’t have to change everyone’s minds just enough. There are some who you will never change, go after the ones you can change.
When it comes to legislation sometimes we can’t do it alone we need help from the medical profession. Especially when the legislators are stepping between us and our doctors.
Endocrine groups: Evidence-based policies needed to support transgender health care accessWe need their help to counter the lie the Republicans and the right-wingers are spreading, they lie about the treatment that trans children saying it is irreversible which it is not. When puberty blockers are stopped puberty returns to normal, the Republicans make it sound like puberty blockers are new but they have been around since 1977 and is used for children with precocious puberty.
January 28, 2021
Two professional endocrine societies are formally opposing legislative efforts to block transgender people from accessing gender-affirming medical and surgical care, after dozens of state bills threatened to criminalize such therapies.
Legislators across 17 states have proposed more than two dozen bills barring medical and surgical treatments for transgender and gender-diverse youths and adults in the past 3 years, according to a recent count from the Endocrine Society. Many of these bills reflect widespread misinformation about the nature of evidence-based gender-affirming medical care, according to experts. The consequences of such legislation are already being felt in the transgender community, where fear of accessing care remains high.
Education is the key, one person at a time. Educating them to our stories, educating them to when the real treatment for trans children is.