anti-trans bill

Sean Woolley, 15, right, and his mother, Ashley Moore, hold hands as they attend a protest of transgender youth, their families and supporters at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, Miss., in January. The protest was against a measure to ban gender-affirming care for trans children that eventually became law. Health care providers in Mississippi and other states that have banned gender-affirming care are shying away from offering other services. Rogelio V. Solis/The Associated Press

Laws banning gender-affirming treatments can block trans youth from receiving other care

BY: - July 31, 2023

In some states, new laws banning gender-affirming care for transgender youth are dissuading health care providers from offering mental health services and other medical care that isn’t explicitly banned by those laws. In the first few weeks after Mississippi’s law went into effect in February, nurse practitioner Stacie Pace said she was fielding calls and […]

Families of transgender youth consider potentially leaving Ohio because of proposed legislation

BY: - July 20, 2023

Ember Zelch would rather give up a $10,000 college scholarship than stay in Ohio.  The 18-year-old was one of 150 students who won a scholarship in 2021 as part of Ohio Vax-2-School, a statewide contest aimed at boosting COVID-19 vaccination rates among younger Ohioans.  Zelch, however, is leaving that money on the table because she […]

A transgender Pride flag is covered with the words “Hands Off Trans Youth.” (Photo by Greg LaRose/Louisiana Illuminator/States Newsroom)

Anti-LGBTQ laws in the US are getting struck down for limiting free speech

BY: - July 14, 2023

Nearly 500 anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced in state legislatures in the U.S. in 2023. Many of those bills seek to reduce or eliminate gender-affirming care for transgender minors or to ban drag performances in places where minors could view them. Most of those bills have not become law. But many of those that have […]

“An attack on all trans people,” transgender youth speak out against Ohio legislation

BY: - July 3, 2023

Nathan Alvarez is used to people laughing or snickering at him when he uses the men’s bathroom.  Despite that, the 15-year-old says his high school is one place he doesn’t have to worry about that happening because they have a couple of gender neutral bathrooms and anyone can use the men and women’s restroom.  But […]

Ohio lawmakers and religious lobbyists coordinate on anti-trans legislation

BY: - June 20, 2023

Text messages obtained by the Ohio Capital Journal through public records requests show Ohio lawmakers and religious lobbyists from the Center for Christian Virtue coordinating on anti-trans legislation moving through the Ohio Statehouse. Brought forward on Feb. 16, House Bill 6 — otherwise known as the Save Women’s Sports Act — has become one of […]