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What is 'gender-affirming care' for trans youth?
« on: February 13, 2023, 12:10:48 pm »
What is 'gender-affirming care' for trans youth?

Story by David Artavia

Despite wars, gun violence and climate disasters around the world, some American politicians continue to be hyper-focused, and highly opinionated, on the subject of transgender youth.

Former president Donald Trump recently released a nearly four-minute-long video in which he vows, if reelected, to punish doctors who provide “gender-affirming care” to minors, likening it to “child abuse.”

President Joe Biden, meanwhile, implored the Senate during his State of the Union Address to “pass the bipartisan Equality Act to ensure LGBTQ Americans, especially transgender young people, can live with safety and dignity.”

And for a while now, conservative lawmakers have been, like Trump, hell-bent against trans youth receiving the medical care they need. In fact, Utah recently joined four states — Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona and Tennessee — in enacting laws that restrict trans youth’s access to gender-affirming care. This year alone, 147 bills have been introduced in at least 32 states that target the trans community, with over a dozen specifically blocking minors from receiving such care.

But what, exactly, is gender-affirming care? And why is everyone so invested in what it means for transgender youth?