gender-affirming care

A youth and their parent at a rally.

Laws banning gender-affirming treatments can block trans youth from receiving other care

BY: - July 27, 2023

In some states, new laws banning gender-affirming care for transgender youth are dissuading health care providers from offering mental health services and other medical care that isn’t explicitly banned by those laws. In the first few weeks after Mississippi’s law went into effect in February, nurse practitioner Stacie Pace said she was fielding calls and […]

Woman with transgender daughter

Harm of anti-LGBTQ laws includes economic pain for communities, families

BY: - July 17, 2023

Roberto Che Espinoza had been thinking about leaving Tennessee after the 2024 election, but in June they noticed that the state attorney general was seeking medical records on gender-affirming medical care, which Espinoza, a nonbinary transgender man, said included their own records. “Being on any kind of list … I knew after the release of […]

Withdrawing testosterone from a needle.

More blue states declare themselves sanctuaries for transgender health care

BY: - June 22, 2023

Democratic governors and state lawmakers across the country are mobilizing against a surge of Republican restrictions on transgender health care by establishing their states as sanctuaries for gender-affirming care. Earlier this month, Democratic Gov. Wes Moore signed an executive order making Maryland the 11th state, plus the District of Columbia, to declare itself a sanctuary. […]

Protesters rally against an Arkansas bill restricting drag performances.

Federal judge strikes down Arkansas ban on gender-affirming health care for transgender youth

BY: - June 21, 2023

A federal judge struck down Arkansas’ ban on gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth Tuesday, nearly two years after blocking it from going into effect. Act 626 of 2021, known as the Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act, prohibited physicians from providing “gender transition” treatments like hormones, puberty blockers and surgeries to those under age […]

Illustration of the transgender flag.

Anxiety rises for Georgia’s trans minors as state law barring hormone treatment starts July 1

BY: - June 13, 2023

At midnight on June 30, transgender minors in Georgia who are not already receiving hormone treatments will be barred from starting due to a controversial law passed by the state Legislature along party lines this March. One transgender teacher at an organization that works with queer youth said the kids she works with are very […]

Transgender residents look on at a Kentucky House hearing in March while supporters give testimony in favor of a bill to restrict health care for transgender minors.

Wave of transgender health care bans has roots in past debates

BY: - May 4, 2023

In the past two years, 19 states have banned or restricted gender-affirming care for minors, and another 12 states are considering it — a tidal wave of policy change that has emboldened many Republicans on the far right while terrifying transgender youth and their families. Gender-affirming care for transgender patients can cover pediatrics, psychiatry and […]