Conservative legislators want transgender kids' lives as the new battlefield in their culture warThe question is why are they against us?
In many states, Republican lawmakers are pushing pseudoscientific, stereotype-ridden bills that will hurt trans kids under the guise of protecting them.
By Chase Strangio, trans activist and staff attorney, ACLU
January 17, 2021
We are not yet three weeks into 2021, President-elect Joe Biden has yet to be inaugurated and already powerful forces on the right have made clear what will be the next front in their so-called culture war — which is to say, their effort to maintain political power by demonizing the bodies, private lives and personal decisions of Americans they’ve deemed unworthy of such autonomy.
This time, they’ve chosen transgender youth as their target, seeking to capitalize on insidious stereotypes about trans people, preposterous pseudoscience and a divisive cadre of supposed women’s rights campaigners who believe the only way to achieve gender equality is to oppress other people.
These efforts to attack trans young people are driven by the same fundamental goals as previous attempts to restrict all transgender people from using public restrooms: to exclude transgender youth from participating in public and educational life alongside their peers and to perpetuate the myth that transness is itself harmful and should be eradicated. Despite all the high-minded rhetoric about “protecting children” and “saving women’s sports” behind these legislative efforts, these bills will actively harm young people, not help them, and will compromise women’s sports, not save them.
In at least 12 states right now, efforts are afoot that include actually criminalizing health care for transgender youth (as in, send doctors to prison for following medical treatment protocols to help trans youth) as well as banning all transgender young people from participating in age-appropriate athletic programs.
My theory is that they are playing to their evangelical Christian and white supremacists base. In another NBC article…
Montana Republican targets transgender youth with 2 new billsDo you remember when the Republicans mantra was to get government out of our lives?
State Rep. John Fuller, the bills’ sponsor, called gender-affirming care for transgender youth “barbaric.”
By Dan Avery
January 15, 2021
A Republican lawmaker in Montana has introduced a pair of bills targeting transgender youth.
House Bill 112, authored by state Rep. John Fuller, requires athletic teams at all public educational institutions — from elementary schools to colleges — to be designated based on “biological sex.” The measure, also known as the Save Women’s Sports Act, would prohibit transgender students from joining teams that match their gender identity, no matter how long ago they transitioned.
“Athletic teams or sports designated for females, women, or girls may not be open to students of the male sex,” it reads in part.
Another bill, also penned by Fuller, would bar health care professionals from providing transgender minors certain transition-related care.
Under House Bill 113, also known as An Act Providing for Youth Health Protection, physicians and other medical professionals are prohibited from treating gender dysphoria in minors by prescribing, providing or administering puberty-suppressing drugs or cross-sex hormones (including estrogen and testosterone); performing gender-reassignment surgery; or removing “any otherwise healthy or nondiseased body part or tissue.” Penalties for providers who violate the law would include fines of up to $50,000.
What could be more invasive then government getting between you and your doctors? How many trans people will die so that the Republicans can stay in power?
The Republicans don’t care who they hurt, all they care about is power and money.