The Bans on Gender-Affirming Care

I thought to myself, why don’t I touch base on a sensitive topic right now? I mean, there are so many things happening in legislation that it’s hard to keep up at times. So, let’s discuss why banning gender-affirming care can actually create more harm than allowing teens to receive gender-affirming care.

And, yes. Before writing this blog, I did my research. Personally, I already supported access to gender-affirming care, but I wanted to confirm that even the American Psychological Association (in a very objective way) confirms that these modern pieces of legislation that would create restrictions for gender-affirming care would be worse than allowing gender-affirming care.

Gender-affirming care includes hormone therapy, BUT ALSO mental health counseling and social support – decreasing the risk of suicide and depression.

Gender-affirming care does have consequences; the consequences being that other people are targeting/bullying the one seeking gender-affirming care. It doesn’t sound like a direct consequence of health care to me, it sounds like someone else’s kids not knowing how to respect others.

These situations of gender-affirming care are necessary to meet the needs per individual – it is not a blanket fix. The anti-LGBTQ laws are written to apply to everyone as if they were the same situation.

I know many individuals who’s lives drastically improved once they felt comfortable with who they were. I urge everyone to consider the facts and multiple perspectives before attempting to take someone’s bodily autonomy from them.

Check more information on the American Psychological Association’s website.

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