Florida has implemented a new rule that prohibits the use of puberty blockers, hormone therapies, or surgeries to treat gender dysphoria for minors under the age of 18. This measure has been met with criticism and concern from many, including President Biden, who described the rule as “close to sinful” and “cruel.” Despite this, Republican lawmakers in Florida are pushing forward with plans to further restrict “gender-affirming care” for minors.
Governor Ron DeSantis defended the rule, stating that it is not “sinful” to prohibit the “mutilation of minors.” He also criticized the federal government’s mandate that sex-change operations be allowed for kids. DeSantis is not alone in his efforts, as a handful of other states are also approving similar measures.
Kentucky recently passed a bill that bans gender-affirming care for transgender minors. This new measure also allows teachers to refuse to refer to transgender students by their preferred pronouns and prohibits schools from discussing sexual orientation or gender identity with students of any age. Supporters of the bill argue that they are trying to protect children from making irreversible decisions that they might regret as adults.
Critics of these measures argue that they are harmful and discriminatory towards transgender individuals. They argue that denying gender-affirming care to minors can lead to increased rates of suicide, depression, and anxiety. Additionally, they argue that denying transgender students the ability to use their preferred pronouns or discuss their identity in schools can contribute to feelings of isolation and discrimination.