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Texas Trans Youth Healthcare Ban Crisis

By Charlotte Robinson, July 15, 2023

LGBTQ advocates & allies have launched emergency resources to help Texas families plan for the anti-transgender law SB14 that takes effect September 1st prohibiting Texas healthcare professionals from providing medically necessary healthcare for trans adolescents for the treatment of gender dysphoria & threatens doctors’ licenses if they do. Southern Equality, Equality Texas & the Transgender Education Network of Texas Families have announced that families of trans youth in Texas are eligible to request support navigating the landscape of healthcare providers & paying for the increased costs. Though the ACLU of Texas, ACLU National, Lambda Legal, Transgender Law Center & others have filed a lawsuit challenging SB14 these families need support now. Allison Scott Director of Impact & Innovation at the Campaign for Southern Equality stated, “We hope to see SB14 blocked from ever taking effect but we also must be clear-eyed about the political reality we are facing & families of trans youth across Texas have already faced so many wrenching decisions. We’re honored to be working with Equality Texas & Transgender Education Network of Texas to connect families with funding & provider information to preserve continuity of care for as many people as we can. No law can stop the transgender community from charting our paths to thriving & living authentically – our community will make sure of that.” Emmett Schelling Executive Director of Transgender Education Network of Texas concluded, “To the youth of Texas & the parents who support them, we want you to know that no matter what happens with SB14 or any other law, you are worthy of dignity, equality, joy & respect…We will never stop working to support transgender Texans & we are sending love, support & strength far & wide.” 

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