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Whilst the ideological, hate-filled campaigns against transgender people gets more than their share of media coverage here in the UK, it seems sadly much further advanced into legislation in the USA.
On Saturday October 29, the Florida Board of Medicine voted to begin drafting rules that will ban all gender affirming care for anyone under 18. They did this based on a “medical report” written by a dentist, after refusing to let activists and experts opposed to the ban speak at the hearing while trans youth led a die-in outside. This is the latest advance of the far-right’s deadly and radical anti-trans agenda.
The Florida Board of Medicine sets and regulates medical practices and medical professionals in the state of Florida. This rule would essentially ban medical professionals from providing gender affirming care unless they want to risk losing their licenses. These far-right zealots aren’t happy just banning trans girls from playing sports, they aren’t happy banning trans people from using the correct bathroom, they aren’t even happy banning mentions of queerness from schools. To put it simply: they won’t be happy until they have effectively made it illegal to be trans.
We need to fight back. It’s clear from polls, elections and our personal experiences that the general public does not, in the main, support anti-trans legislation which is driven largely by a well-funded minority. We should keep ourselves informed, campaign and vote for our own freedoms. The candidates and parties we join and vote for make the difference.
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