Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. But across the country, politicians desperate to gain or hold onto power and their allies in the media are attacking LGBTQ+ people and making it impossible for LGBTQ+ youth – particularly transgender and non-binary youth --to be their authentic selves. Bills in statehouses across the country aim to take away access to gender-affirming care -- medically necessary, safe, health care backed by decades of research and supported by every major medical association representing over 1.3 million US doctors. And some even accuse parents of transgender children who want to transition of child abuse.
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.
But politicians who don’t have an ounce of medical training are interfering with the rights of parents and acting as if they know how to raise and support children better than their parents and doctors do. And they are pouring gasoline on a wildfire, as the epidemic of violence perpetrated against transgender and gender non-conforming people--especially Black transgender women of color in America, continues.
When reporting on issues related to transgender and gender non-conforming people, please use the Human Rights Campaign’s Brief Guide to Getting Transgender Coverage Right, to ensure inclusive and accurate coverage. And please look at the Human Rights Campaign’s explainer video about gender-affirming care, featuring HRC staff speaking to the importance of this life-saving care while dismantling common misconceptions about what it is and is not. That video can be viewed here.
As attacks on the LGBTQ+ community continue to gain steam, it is important to get 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.
Being transgender is not new.
ALL gender-affirming care is:
And in many cases, this care is lifesaving!