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Alabama Criminalizes Trans Healthcare

By Charlotte Robinson, August 23, 2023

A Trump appointed U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued a ruling allowing Alabama to enforce its law criminalizing providers of gender-affirming care. The decision allows SB184 that passed in April 2022 to take effect & Alabama healthcare professionals will soon be banned from providing medically necessary healthcare for trans adolescents for the treatment of gender dysphoria, including hormone therapy & puberty blockers. Allison Scott, Director of Impact & Innovation at the Campaign for Southern Equality stated, “We are living through a period of unprecedented cruelty toward transgender people & it should make every American ashamed that most of this cruelty is falling on the shoulders of children. This ruling from the 11th Circuit is the latest example of the exhausting whiplash that families are facing – taking every step to care for their children, then needing to repeatedly pivot to other options. We are honored to be able to help & heart-broken that the support is so necessary right now.” Corey Harvard, Executive Director of Prism United in Mobile concluded, “This decision is devastatingly malicious – these judges are knowingly harming young people across Alabama. It is a heart-breaking development & a blow to youth who simply want to live as their authentic selves. To every trans youth or parent of a trans youth, please know: We see you, we are here for you & we are ready to fight this harmful, politically-motivated, anti-science decision until trans youth have access to the healthcare they deserve.” Alabama families of transgender youth are now eligible to apply for support from the Southern Trans Youth Emergency Project (STYEP). 

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