WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — released a corrected version of recent guidance issued by the Florida Department of Health on gender-affirming care. HRC took a red pen to the guidance, which was rife with inaccuracies and dangerous disinformation, and created a redlined, corrected version of the document to show the falsehoods included in the Department of Health’s original guidance.
In addition to the visual correction, HRC also released a point-by-point rebuttal that cites correct information and research about gender-affirming care.
In its guidelines, the Florida Department of Health shared no fewer than four lies about gender-affirming care and transgender youth. Topline points are below, with additional data points in the fact sheet itself.
LIE #1: Detransition rates among youth are high and it is dangerous to allow youth access to gender-affirming care.
LIE #2: There is no evidence to support the positive impact of gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth.
LIE #3: Providing gender-affirming care for transgender youth means harmful, irreversible surgeries and medical therapies, which carry short- and long-term health risks.
LIE #4: A study claimed that “transitioning socially is not beneficial for children with gender dysphoria.”
Last month, HRC uplifted the story of Maya, an outgoing 11-year-old who loves spending time with her family. Gender-affirming care allows her to be the person she’s always been — but many states, now including Florida, are trying to prevent Maya and other trans kids from accessing these medically necessary, life-saving resources. We’ve also shared the story of Sgt. David Fuller, after he bravely testified before Alabama lawmakers as they tried to ban the gender-affirming health care that saved his daughter’s life. Age-appropriate, best-practice gender-affirming health care improves health outcomes for transgender youth and adolescents.
For more information on how to report on issues pertaining to transgender people, please visit HRC’s Brief Guide to Getting Transgender Coverage Right. For more information on separating facts from disinformation when it comes to gender-affirming care, HRC has provided an FAQ setting the record straight.
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