Human rights activists say trans youth are targeted in 12 USA states


Republican lawmakers in a dozen states are promoting bills that could affect the young transgender population. These bills include barring doctors from providing certain gender-related medical treatment to young trans people and banning them from joining sport teams in their schools in correspondence with their actual gender identity. Chase Strangio, a lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union, warned that a ban on gender-related medical treatment for the transgender youth – currently proposed in Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and South Dakota – would lead to mass suicides and mental health disorders among the transgender teens, which are already at risk. Eagle Forum, another conservative group, is also backing the proposed bills. “We’ve got lots of legislators working on this,” said Gayle Ruzicka, an activist with Eagle Forum’s Utah chapter. “We don’t let this happen to children.” A Utah Republican, Brad Daw, said he accepted Eagle Forum’s request to write a law, although he changed some of the language used.


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