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Vote NO on HB2576

Please, vote NO on HB2576 when it comes before the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on May 27.

This bill is bad for youth and it is bad for healthcare providers.

This bill is trying to outlaw the recommended treatment approach for children questioning their gender identity. Institutions including the Endocrine Society, American Medical Society, American Psychological Society, American Psychiatric Association, and American Academy of Pediatrics all advocate for supporting children as they navigate gender identity concerns. And they all agree that safely guided gender transition in children (in collaboration with parents and medical providers) is not a criminal offense, but standard and ethical practice.

 

Denying best practices in medical care and support to transgender youth can be life-threatening.  It has been shown to contribute to depression, social isolation, self-hatred, risk of self-harm, and suicidal behavior.  Research shows that transgender youth whose families support their gender identity have a 52% decrease in suicidal thoughts, a 48% decrease in suicide attempts, and significant increases in self-esteem and overall health.

 

Labeling doctors who provide the current ethical standard of care as child abusers is another dangerous feature of this bill.  The law should not drive a wedge between doctors and patients. 

 

Additionally, this bill will paint a huge target on Tennessee as we try to reopen our economy to tourism, business, and conventions.  That's a risk we don't need to take.

 

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summary

This is a vicious bill that makes it harder for transgender youth to get good health care and threatens to label doctors as child abusers. This bill is way out of line with best practice health care.

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Andrew Farmer Representative

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Michael Curcio Representative

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William Lamberth Representative

Antonio Parkinson Representative

Brandon Ogles Representative

why sign?

  • This bill is also an attack on doctors who provide best practice health care.
  • It's wrong to put up road blocks to good health care for transgender youth.