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Supreme Court Takes Trans Youth Case

By Charlotte Robinson, June 25, 2024

The United States Supreme Court has announced that they will consider arguments in United States v. Skrmetti the case challenging Tennessee’s ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth. Arguments will likely be heard in the Fall of 2024 with a decision expected by the Spring or early Summer of 2025. Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO stated, "The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to consider the question of transgender Americans’ ability to be treated with dignity & respect will be a significant reflection of the values our nation stands for. Sweeping categorical exclusions on mainstream consensus health care for any group of Americans are discriminatory, as many federal courts have already affirmed, including in Florida earlier this month. Transgender people already face disproportionately high levels of discrimination & harassment seeking health care & in their everyday lives, which are exacerbated for Black, Indigenous & other transgender people of color, low-income transgender people, those struggling with housing insecurity or homelessness & those living in rural areas with few options for care. It is urgent that the Court see all citizens as worthy of life & liberty, values all Americans support.” Allison Scott, Campaign for Southern Equality Director of Impact & Innovation concluded, “This is a high-stakes moment for transgender youth & their families & we’re glad that trans youth & their families will have their day in court to make the case that the bans are unconstitutional, interfere with private medical decisions & severely harm families. Everyone who needs gender-affirming care should be able to access it affordably & close to home & our team will never stop working to make that happen.” 

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