SB 1/HB 1 is a direct threat to the safety of trans Tennesseans – specifically trans youth – by denying trans youth access to life-saving gender-affirming healthcare, forcing trans youth who are in the process of transitioning to detransition, and criminalizing parents for exercising their fundamental right to guide the healthcare decision making for their families.
Research shows us time and again that trans and gender non-conforming youth have better mental health when they have access to gender-affirming care, and that the lack of it is a risk to their safety, well-being, and even their lives.
Medical and mental health professionals agree this care is safe, effective, and necessary. Bans take away the only evidence-based option for helping trans youth.
Additionally, by restricting access to this care, legislators are attempting to strip parents of their fundamental right to guide the healthcare decision making for their families.
Tennessee should be a state where all young people can be themselves and grow up to be happy and healthy adults. Passing SB 1/HB 1 robs that right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that all people deserve.
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