LGBTQ POLICY SPOTLIGHT: EFFORTS TO BAN HEALTH CARE FOR TRANSGENDER YOUTH

LGBTQ POLICY SPOTLIGHT: EFFORTS TO BAN HEALTH CARE FOR TRANSGENDER YOUTH

Transgender young people have the best chance to thrive when they’re supported and have access to the health care they need, like any other child. Ultimately, medical decisions are best left to patients, their families, and their health care providers, in accordance with medical best practices.

“Embracing a child when they come out as transgender can be a matter of life and death” – Vox

“Embracing a child when they come out as transgender can be a matter of life and death” – Vox:

At age 6, Sarah McBride used building blocks to create a make-believe version of the place she dreamed to visit one day: the White House. McBride’s early dreams came true. She Transginterned at the White House in 2012, during her senior year at American University — where she came out publicly as transgender at the end of her term as student body president. And at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, she made history, becoming the first transgender person to speak at a national convention.

McBride’s new memoir, Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality, describes her experience as a trans woman, helping Delaware become the 17th state to protect trans people from discrimination, and her relationship with Andy Cray — a transgender man and activist — who died of cancer at the age of 28, only days after their wedding.

McBride says addressing trans equality is a life-or-death matter. “When I think of families accepting and embracing their transgender children,” she told me, “I remember when a mom of a transgender daughter said: ‘When my child came out, I was faced with a decision — whether I wanted a happy daughter or a dead son.’”

The Most Extreme Attempt Yet To Demonize Transgender People And Deny Them Rights | ThinkProgress

The Most Extreme Attempt Yet To Demonize Transgender People And Deny Them Rights | ThinkProgress:

“Fear has been the primary strategy employed by conservatives opposed to transgender equality, such as in the fight against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). A new video circulating among various advocacy groups takes this tactic to a new extreme by not only conflating transgender women with male predators, but actually attempting to portray all transgender women as having malicious intent.”

How a Ferocious Backlash to LGBT Equality Is in Full Force While Leaders Have No Strategy

How a Ferocious Backlash to LGBT Equality Is in Full Force While Leaders Have No Strategy:

“A backlash against LGBT equality is in full swing, eight months after marriage equality came to the entire nation, and it’s not just happening in very conservative places.”

(Via. Huffington Post)

Legislators Across the Country Set Their Sights on Transgender People | American Civil Liberties Union

Legislators Across the Country Set Their Sights on Transgender People | American Civil Liberties Union:

“After last year became the most violent in history toward the transgender community, 2016 is off to an inauspicious start with anti-trans rhetoric heating up in the states.”

Time for transgender rights opponents to give up the fight – LA Times

Time for transgender rights opponents to give up the fight – LA Times:

“Ever since California’s law to protect the rights of transgender students went into effect two years ago, opponents have tried to whip up fear and confusion about what they see as the scary new bathroom rules, under which they say that any child of any gender may wander into any old restroom whenever they want. Voters, however, aren’t buying it. For the second time, backers of a ballot initiative to overturn the law have failed to gather enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. It’s time they gave up the fight.”