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Missouri Transgender Youth Health Ban

By Charlotte Robinson, December 20, 2023

LGBTQ advocates have launched an emergency program to help Missouri families navigate the implementation of SB49 which prohibits healthcare professionals from providing gender-affirming hormone therapy & puberty blockers for trans youth until they turn 18. Susan Halla, Board President of TransParent stated, “Every parent wants what is best for their child, & for many parents of transgender youth, the best thing for our children is accessing this best-practice medical care. It’s disgusting that extreme politicians in Missouri have inserted themselves into our families’ private medical decisions, leaving us to scramble for options that support & affirm our children. We are honored to support the launch of this project in Missouri & join in solidarity with every family who is working their hardest to love and care for their children.” Katy Erker-Lynch Executive Director of PROMO Missouri added, “Within two weeks of SB49 taking effect, hundreds of patients across the state lost access to life-saving, medically necessary health care. These same bodily autonomy rights will be under attack in the upcoming legislative session with multiple bills already filed targeting queer, nonbinary & trans communities. It is imperative we implement creative new strategies like the Southern Trans Youth Emergency Project to ensure families can continue to access the care they need.” Allison Scott, Director of Impact & Innovation at the Campaign for Southern Equality concluded, “This has been a devastating year for so many families of transgender youth & we are honored to work with partners across Missouri to connect families with funding and provider information to preserve continuity of care for as many people as possible. No law can stop the transgender community from charting our paths to thriving & living authentically our community will make sure of that.” 

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