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Anti-trans health care bill would force Alabama schools to out transgender students to their parents

Alabama Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill that would bar transgender youth under the age of 19 from accessing gender-affirming medical care and also contains a provision to force school authorities to out transgender children to their parents. The bill, proposed by State Rep. Wes Allen (R-Troy), is called the “Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act.” But its intent is to make it a Class C felony, meaning that any doctor or medical provider who prescribes, dispenses, or administers puberty blockers or hormones to transgender children, or performs gender confirmation surgery on a trans youth could end up serving up to 10 years in prison. The intent of the bill, as stated by Allen, is to delay transgender youth from accessing gender-affirming treatments for gender dysphoria, using the rationale that youth pursuing a gender transition are making an impulsive, life-altering decision that they will come to regret. Republicans in the Alabama Senate are considering a nearly identical bill, sponsored by Sen. Shay Shelnutt (R-Trussville) which was approved by the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday by an 11-2 vote and will soon be voted on by the Republican-dominated upper chamber. The House bill also contains a provision stating that that transgender children will not be able to talk to school officials about their struggles with gender dysphoria or even bullying at the hands of other students without those officials reporting back to their parents, who may not be accepting of their child’s gender identity, potentially resulting in a trans youth being kicked out of their home or subjected to conversion therapy against their will.

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