LGBTQ youth deserve to live their lives free from stigmas and governmental attacks from lawmakers and police, whose sole job is to protect and serve us, the people -- that includes Black, LatinX, disabled, immigrant LGBTQ people. By taking away health care rights of trans and LGBTQ youth, we are putting them at higher risk for suicide, self-inflicted violence, substance use, sexual violence, and sexual risk behaviors. Doctors, social workers, and parents agree that a gender affirming approach has proven to be the best approach for youth who are transitioning or considering transitioning. This affirming model has been supported and recommended by the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and many other major medical associations.
Instead of rolling back the health care rights of trans youth, we urge you invest in safer learning environments, schools, programs, and institutions that prioritize the overall health of transgender youth and LGBTQ people. We also seek access to culturally competent and equitable physical and mental health care - this means placing more trans and trans people of color in staffer positions within these programs and institutions. Trans and LGBTQ people deserve to be in the same spaces where decisions over their lives are being made.
LGBTQ people of color need to be in the spaces where laws and policies are being created about their rights, bodily autonomy, and overall lives. Our health care system should be one where doctors and providers empower people who need gender-affirming care, along with reliable resources, assurance, affirmation, and support. Trans rights ARE human rights and we must all play our part in protecting them.