Republicans want to let unsupportive parents sue doctors who treat their transgender children

The bill follows a Republican blatantly untrue narrative that children are being forced to transition against their will.

Republicans want to let unsupportive parents sue doctors who treat their transgender children

A group of Republican senators has introduced a bill that would deny federal funds to any gender-affirming medical care for transgender individuals. The bill would also allow anyone who received such care (and their parents) to sue the medical professionals who provided it. But the bill is based on a misleading and transphobic view of how gender-affirming care actually works.

The so-called “Protect Minors from Medical Malpractice Act of 2022” would give individuals who were given puberty blockers, hormone replacement therapy, and surgical procedures — and their parents — up to 30 years after the age of 18 to sue the medical professionals who administered the care.

The bill would also make it so that neither federal dollars nor federal laws could compel medical practitioners to offer such care.

Are Transgender Women At Risk for Breast Cancer?

Are Transgender Women At Risk for Breast Cancer?

Until recently, the medical community didn’t have data on breast cancer rates in the transgender community. Transgender people have historically faced large amounts of discrimination, and data often wasn’t taken or recorded appropriately.

Discrimination and barriers to care still exist for the transgender community today, but there have been substantial steps forward. For instance, for years it was assumed that transgender women had the same risk of breast cancer as cisgender men, but new data has shown this isn’t the case.

Medical researchers now know that transgender women have an increased risk of breast‌ cancer compared with cisgender men, and they should follow breast cancer screening guidelines.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the breast cancer risk factors for transgender women and screening recommendations.

Transgender people of color face unique challenges as gender discrimination and racism intersect

Transgender people of color face unique challenges as gender discrimination and racism intersect

Throughout history, transgender people of color have had a place of honor in many indigenous cultures around the world.

This changed in many places, however, as European colonizers began forcing indigenous people to follow white social norms. These include anti-Blackness, Christianity and a gender binary that reduced gender to just man and woman. Colonizers presumed that being cisgender, or having a gender identity that is congruent with gender assigned at birth, was the only acceptable norm.

For trans people who refused or were unable to conform, colonial societies often used racism and cissexism, or behaviors and beliefs that assume the inferiority of trans people, to invalidate their existence, limit their access to resources and threaten their well-being. For example, colonizers in some cases deemed people who expressed their gender outside the binary as sinful and deviant, and punished them with emotional and physical violence.

The reverberations of these colonial beliefs are still felt today. In just the first three months of 2022, there were over 154 anti-trans state bills proposed across the U.S. seeking to limit the rights of trans kids and their parents.

Self-described “Christian fascist” movement is trying to sabotage LGBTQ Pride Month

Self-described “Christian fascist” movement is trying to sabotage LGBTQ Pride Month

On Saturday morning in the Dallas “gayborhood” of Cedar Springs, an LGBTQ bar called Mr. Misster hosted a family-friendly “drag queen brunch” advertised with the tongue-in-cheek slogan, “Drag Your Kids to Pride.” The event was intended to be light-hearted, featuring musical chairs, mocktails and a chance for kids to vogue alongside the performers. 

But before the doors had even opened, the whole thing turned ugly, as dozens of right-wing protesters showed up on the sidewalk outside, recording attendees, calling them “disgusting” “groomers” or “faggots” who wanted “to cut the dicks off of little boys” and even following and heckling both performers and attending families as they walked back to their cars. 

“It’s going to be so kek when we take away all your rights,” one protester associated with the white Christian nationalist America First/groyper movement told a counterprotester who was defending the event, using movement slang that roughly means “lol.” In response, hard-right YouTuber and protest leader John Doyle, who was standing nearby, added with a smirk, “Every single one of them.”

Robot Versus Sealion

How a Twitter bot handles trolls in defense of the transgender community

Sealioning now seems to be the preferred tactic of anti-transgender critics and trolls on social media as it allows them to pretend they’re being polite, if insistent and to proclaim that science is on their side without actually taking a deeper look at the emerging science on the topic. Compared to the much more aggressive and transparent bigotry projected from MAGA types and other hardcore transphobes, sealioning often seems reasonable. Those engaging in sealioning may even seem—at first blush—to be taking the high road.

If you’re not familiar with the online practice of “sealioning,” it’s drawn enough attention that Merriam-Webster has devoted an entire article to the topic. They define “sealioning” as “a form of trolling meant to exhaust the other debate participant with no intention of real discourse.”

No one blames actual sea lions, those stately whiskered creatures of the sea for this capricious practice. No, the term originated with the internet comic Wondermark by David Malki in a specific strip, which debuted way back in September 2014.

“Disturbing” GOP blitz: DeSantis orders trans care ban, Ohio GOP wants genital inspectors in school

“Disturbing” GOP blitz: DeSantis orders trans care ban, Ohio GOP wants genital inspectors in school

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration on Thursday moved to ban transition-related care for transgender minors, according to a letter obtained by NBC News.

The Florida Health Department directed the state Board of Medicine, which regulates doctors, to effectively ban certain “pharmaceutical, non-pharmaceutical, and surgical treatments for gender dysphoria” for children and adolescents. The state Agency for Health Care Administrators also issued a 46-page report hours earlier justifying banning Medicaid coverage for transgender youth and adults for puberty blockers, hormone therapies or gender-reassignment surgery.

Someone needs to find a different job… now.

MPS counselor under investigation

Marissa Darlingh, a school counselor at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Allen-Field Elementary, is under investigation but still working, she said last week, after making incendiary comments against transgender people at an April rally.

The state Department of Public Instruction is investigating whether there are grounds to revoke her educator license, according to Darlingh’s attorneys from the conservative law firm, Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL).

At an April 23 anti-trans rally in Madison, Darlingh walked up to a microphone outside the Capitol, introduced herself by name and occupation, and drew cheers from the crowd as she derided transgender people, according to video from the event.