Idaho’s ban on youth gender-affirming care has families desperately scrambling for solutions

[ad_1] Forced to hide her true self, Joe Horras’ transgender daughter struggled with depression and anxiety until three years ago, when she began to take medication to block the onset of puberty. The gender-affirming treatment helped the now-16-year-old find happiness again, her father said. A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court late Monday allowing Idaho … Read more

Supreme Court allows Idaho to enforce its ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is allowing Idaho to enforce its ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth while lawsuits over the law proceed, reversing lower courts. The justices’ order Monday allows the state to put in a place a 2023 law that subjects physicians to up to 10 years in prison if they … Read more

Kansas governor vetoes ban on gender-affirming care for minors and 2 anti-abortion bills

[ad_1] TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas’ governor on Friday vetoed a proposed ban on gender-affirming care for minors, a measure to require more reporting from abortion providers and what she called a “vague” bill making it a crime to coerce someone into having an abortion. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s actions set up a series of confrontations … Read more

Maine lawmakers approve shield law for providers of abortion and gender-affirming care

[ad_1] The Democratic-controlled Maine Legislature gave final approval Friday to a bill that would protect health care workers who provide abortion and gender-affirming care from legal action brought in other states. If signed by Democratic Gov. Janet Mills, Maine would join more than a dozen states that shield medical providers and others from out-of-state investigations … Read more

Fiery debate over proposed shield law leads to rare censure in Maine House

[ad_1] AUGUSTA, Maine — Fiery debate over a bill to protect health care workers who provide abortion and gender-affirming care from out-of-state lawsuits crossed a line in the Maine House, leading lawmakers to formally censure a pair of colleagues on Thursday. Rep. Michael Lemelin, R-Chelsea, said the mass shooting last October in Lewiston, Maine, that … Read more

Tennessee GOP senators OK criminalizing helping minors get transgender care, mimicking abortion bill

[ad_1] NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee lawmakers are considering criminalizing adults who help minors receive gender-affirming care without parental consent, a proposal advancing in one of the most eager states to enact policies aimed at the LGBTQ+ community. Republican senators advanced the legislation Thursday on a 25-4 vote. It must now clear the similarly GOP-dominated House. … Read more

School grants, student pronouns and library books among the big bills of Idaho legislative session

[ad_1] BOISE, Idaho — Idaho lawmakers spent much of an unexpectedly long and sometimes contentious legislative session focusing on bills targeting LGBTQ+ residents by limiting health care and reading materials and installing protections for teachers who don’t use the pronouns transgender students use. They also passed a bill that allows the state to spend $2 … Read more

Federal appeals court hearing arguments on nation’s first ban on gender-affirming care for minors

[ad_1] LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal appeals court will hear arguments Thursday over Arkansas’ first-in-the-nation ban on gender-affirming care for minors, as the fight over the restrictions on transgender youths adopted by two dozen states moves closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. Arkansas is appealing a federal judge’s ruling last year that struck down … Read more

As his trans daughter struggles, a father pushes past his prejudice. ‘It was like a wake-up’

[ad_1] SMITHVILLE, Mo. — Before his transgender daughter was suspended after using the girls’ bathroom at her Missouri high school. Before the bullying and the suicide attempts. Before she dropped out. Before all that, Dusty Farr was — in his own words — “a full-on bigot.” By which he meant that he was eager to … Read more

Maia Kobabe’s ‘Gender Queer’ tops list of most criticized library books for third straight year

[ad_1] NEW YORK — Maia Kobabe’s graphic memoir “Gender Queer” continues its troubled run as the country’s most controversial book, topping the American Library Association’s “challenged books” list for a third straight year. Kobabe’s coming-of-age story was published in 2019, and received the library association’s Alex Award for best young adult literature. But it has … Read more