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Please, vote NO on HB2827 on May 27 in the Public Health Subcommittee.
The Senate companion bill has been amended to codify existing medical protocols related to health care for transgender youth, which is the direction I assume the House bill will take.
The bill as amended was not sought by the transgender community, parents of transgender youth, or health care providers and their associations. Additionally it is important to note that protocols change as research and experience provide new information. It is a burden and a risk to go through a legislative or regulatory change every time the standards evolve. That could stall the implementation of best practices in health care for Tennessee residents.
The Tennessee Medical Association testified against the bill in a Senate committee before the Legislature began its recess in March.
This bill will draw negative publicity for Tennessee at a time when we are trying to open the economy back up to tourism, business, and conventions. We don't want to hinder our plans for recovery.
Thank you for considering my views.