by HRC Staff •
Legislature Passes Bill Just Days After Advancing Legislation to Ban Gender Affirming Care for Minors
Indianapolis, Indiana – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — condemned the Indiana legislature for passing House Bill 1569 which would ban gender affirming care services, including hormonal treatment and surgery, for incarcerated Indianans. The state legislature passed this bill just days after advancing legislation that would ban gender affirming care for minors in the state. The bill now heads to Governor Holcomb’s desk for signature or veto.
Gender-affirming care is age-appropriate care that is medically necessary for the well-being of many transgender and non-binary people who experience symptoms of gender dysphoria, or distress that results from having one’s gender identity not match their sex assigned at birth. Gender-affirming care is the integration of medical, mental health and social services.
Human Rights Campaign State Legislative Director and Senior Counsel Cathryn Oakley released the following statement:
“Everyone deserves access to critical medical care, including gender-affirming treatments, regardless of their current situation. This legislation is cruel, discriminatory, and inhumane. Instead of focusing on issues that are top of mind for everyday Hoosiers, radical, anti-LGBTQ+ politicians in Indiana are continuing to pass craven laws in an attempt to rile up the most extreme parts of their base. This ban will only exacerbate the already deplorable conditions that transgender and gender-nonconforming people face in prisons, including high rates of violence, abuse, and harassment. The Human Rights Campaign condemns this discriminatory legislation and will continue to fight for the rights of all people, including those who are incarcerated and often face the most egregious violations of their basic human rights.”
THE FACTS ABOUT GENDER AFFIRMING CARE
Every credible medical organization – representing over 1.3 million doctors in the United States – calls for age-appropriate gender-affirming care for transgender and non-binary people.
“Transition-related” or “gender-affirming” care looks different for every transgender and non-binary person.
Parents, their kids, and doctors make decisions together, and no medical interventions with permanent consequences happen until a transgender person is old enough to give truly informed consent.
Transgender children are not undergoing irreversible medical changes.
This is a fundamental misunderstanding about what transition looks like for kids.
Therapists, parents and health care providers work together to determine which changes to make at a given time are in the best interest of the child.
Some people take medication, and some do not; some adults have surgeries, and others do not. How someone transitions is their choice, to be made with their family and their doctor.
None of this care is irreversible.
Being transgender is not new.
Some say it can feel like being transgender is very new – but that’s because the media has been covering it more in recent months and years.
But transgender people have always existed and will continue to exist regardless of the bills we pass.
And very few transgender people change their mind.
ALL gender-affirming care is:
Supported by all major medical organizations
Made in consultation with medical and mental health professionals AND parents
And in many cases, this care is lifesaving:
A recent study from the Trevor Project provides data supporting this — transgender youth with access to gender-affirming hormone therapy have lower rates of depression and are at a lower risk for suicide.
So far in 2023, HRC is tracking more than 470 anti-LGBTQ+ bills that have been introduced in statehouses across the country. Approximately 190 of those bills would specifically restrict the rights of transgender people, the highest number of bills targeting transgender people in a single year to date.
This year, HRC is tracking:
More than 110 bills that would prevent trans youth from being able to access age-appropriate, medically-necessary, best-practice health care; seven have already become law, in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Dakota, Utah, Iowa and Georgia,
More bathroom ban bills filed than in any previous year,
More than 85 curriculum censorship bills and 40 anti-drag performance bills.
For more information, please visit https://www.hrc.org/resources/get-the-facts-on-gender-affirming-care
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