Texas mom Amber Briggle said moving would be hard for her family, but “my son always comes first.”
George and Emily Spurrier are leaving their home of 16 years in central Arkansas due to a new law that will ban the health care that they say their 17-year-old transgender son needs.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, vetoed the measure earlier this month, calling it “a vast government overreach.” But the Arkansas General Assembly overrode the veto, and the bill will become law this summer.
Emily Spurrier said when her son heard the news, he sat in her car and cried for an hour.
Gloria Hemingway’s story, for many transgender people, is all too familiar.
Every major US medical group supports gender-affirming care for transgender youth, but experts say a vocal minority of “fringe extremists” has found receptive ears in legislatures across the country.
More than 30 states have introduced laws that include banning trans kids from school sports and criminalizing parents for providing gender-affirming medical care.
In at least 30 states nationwide, lawmakers have introduced bills aiming to keep transgender girls and women from participating on girls’ and women’s sports teams. These type of restrictions have become a major culture war battle, with Republican lawmakers being the loudest proponents of such bills, while Democrats often oppose them.
But a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that Republican voters aren’t that enthusiastic about those proposed laws, even while they do have reservations about transgender sports participation.
…we live in unprecedented times when it comes to trans rights. Over 90 bills have been introduced in state legislatures to push back against trans rights in the United States. While most of them are focused on trans-feminine athletes in school sports programs — the most attractive target the right wing has discovered recently — some go much further, barring transgender people from getting health insurance that covers trans needs, preventing trans youth from securing or continuing puberty blockers, and even charging our caregivers with a felony for doing so.
Under Ohio House Bill 61 and Senate Bill 132, the athletes would have to play on boys’ and men’s teams, even if they no longer identify with that gender and have medically transitioned.
The Center for Christian Virtue, a conservative traditional family organization formerly known as Citizens for Community Values – which is behind HB 61 and HB 132 – is working on legislation that would ban minors from receiving hormone therapy, puberty blockers and surgeries for the purpose of gender transition – even if their parents and physicians support the child’s transition.
SB1646 would prohibit parents from “administering or supplying, or consenting to or assisting in the administering or supplying of puberty suppression prescription drug or cross-sex hormone to a child, other than an intersex child, for the purpose of gender transitioning or gender reassignment.”
And on bad days it was both.