Denying Trans Children Healthcare
When you are discussing your children and family in the workplace, you likely assume that other parents have full responsibility and autonomy over their children’s health. But for transgender children in the UK, this is not necessarily the case. Only as of last week can parents give their consent if their transgender child needs to use puberty blockers, said the High Court. This overturns the discriminatory case that required an application to the High Court even if the child, their doctor, and parents all agreed on the course of therapeutic treatment. Rooted in the distrust of gender non-conforming people, judges with no expertise in healthcare could thus police transgender bodies, leaving children to suffer with their gender dysphoria. For trans children whose parents do not support them, and already may be at risk of homelessness, violence, and suicide, there is still no way for them to access the hormones they need to survive. In the US, Arkansas passed a bill completely banning gender-affirming care for trans youth. To financially support the work of the Good Law Project, advised by its Trans Advisory Group please click here.