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Tennessee Transgender Health Ban Law

By Charlotte Robinson, July 09, 2023

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has issued a ruling allowing SB1 a ban on gender-affirming care in Tennessee to take effect. This reckless decision is a preliminary one with a full ruling on the injunction to come before September 30th. Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara Executive Director at the Campaign for Southern Equality stated, “This whiplash of decisions makes clear exactly why the government should not be inserting itself into private medical decisions that should be left to families & doctors. Now, Tennessee families of transgender youth are being forced into a period of unprecedented & wholly unnecessary - legal chaos as they navigate how to ensure that their children can access the health care they need & deserve. We want families to know that, through the Southern Trans Youth Emergency Project, we are here to help families connect to care in states where it is legal & provide emergency funding to help families. No one should have to leave their home state for life-saving healthcare, but in this tumultuous period, CSE & our partners will be there to offer support every step of the way & will keep fighting tooth & nail for full legal equality for transgender youth & the entire LGBTQ+ community.” Molly Rose Quinn Executive Director of OUTMemphis concluded, “This is state-sanctioned cruelty against Tennessee families, who are only seeking health care for their kids as best they can. They’ve faced unrelenting confusion & heartbreak this year because they’re afraid the state will take away their ability to live free & happy lives in the Volunteer State. We are doubling down on navigation services & support for trans youth & their families. Don’t give up. OUTMemphis is behind you in this fight & we won’t stop until Tennessee is a safe & affirming state.” 

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