Helena, Montana — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — condemned today’s vote in the Montana House to approve SB99, a wide-ranging bill that would make it effectively impossible for health care practitioners to provide age-appropriate, best practice, gender affirming care to transgender youth. It would also forbid state employees who work with minors from “promoting” treatment for gender dysphoria, chilling the ability of educators, public health workers, child care workers, and employees of state medical facilities to be able to do their job. Recipients of Montana Medicaid would also no longer be able to receive reimbursement for gender-affirming care. The bill, which has already passed the Montana Senate, now heads to Gov. Greg Gianforte’s desk.
This proposed law is one of many dangerous efforts far right political extremists and national anti-LGBTQ+ organizations are launching in Montana and across the country against transgender youth and their families. Bolstered by disinformation spread by social media and designed to take aim at age appropriate, life-saving, medically necessary care for transgender youth, these bans directly place the health, safety and wellbeing of transgender youth in Montana at risk. That’s why organizations including the Montana Medical Association and the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to the Montana Primary Care Association spoke out in opposition to SB 99 last month during a hearing before the Montana Senate Judiciary Committee.
So far in 2023, HRC is tracking more than 450 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:
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