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Child welfare orgs condemn anti-LGBTQ bills in state legislatures

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Child health and welfare groups and child welfare organizations last week released an open letter calling for lawmakers in states across the country to oppose dozens of bills that target LGBTQ people, and transgender children in particular.

The signers note: “As organizations committed to serving the best interests of all youth, we are deeply alarmed at the torrent of bills introduced in state legislatures around the country this year that would directly harm transgender people, and particularly transgender youth. These appalling proposals would compromise the safety and well-­being of the young people we all have the duty and obligation to support and protect. All of our nation’s children deserve equal protection and treatment when accessing health care, and when attending school. These anti-­transgender bills promote discrimination and do harm to students, their families, and their communities.”

Anti-transgender sports bills are in search of a problem that does not exist and just the latest iteration of a years-long losing fight against equality. In fact, anti-equality legislators when challenged are unable to name any instances of alleged cheating in their states to gain a competitive edge. That is because there are none. The notion is preposterous, nonsensical, and impractical. Other legislation is attempting to deny medically necessary gender-affirming care that helps to mitigate the life-threatening anxiety, depression, and dysphoria that are disproportionately experienced by transgender youth.

“Amidst an epidemic of fatal violence against transgender people, it is imperative that we do everything in our power to foster a more inclusive, less discriminatory society that guarantees acceptance of and equality to all,” said Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president, in a blog post. “I thank every child health and welfare organization for stepping up and speaking out against the anti-transgender legislation that would have a profound affect on our young people.”

The signatories include:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Counseling Association
  • American School Counselor Association
  • American School Health Association
  • Association of Title IX Administrators
  • Child Welfare League of America
  • Mental Health America
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • National Association of School Nurses
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • National Education Association
  • National PTA

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