Arkansas Overrides Governor’s Veto and Bans Treatments for Transgender Youth

Just last month, Alabama approved a bill that will prevent any minor from safely beginning their gender transition through a doctor, and, of course, opinions have been massively divided.

Now Arkansas has followed suit, overriding the governor’s veto…

For many, the ban is a huge step in the wrong direction.

Because people who are transgender often realize that they are from a very young age – children are able to experience gender dysphoria and this is when the majority of trans people realize their conflict.

It is a heartbreaking reality that many trans children face rejection from their families.

Coming out as transgender and beginning the transition will never be easy…

Thankfully, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger than ever today.

However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement…

As the state of Alabama proved last month.

Opinions were seriously divided…

Many people have been quick to express their horror over the newly approved bill.

However, others think thought the bill was a good thing due to the young age of those it affects.

The bill was approved by Alabama’s Senate Health Committee.

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If passed through the State Senate and House of Representatives…

SB-10 would make Alabama the first US state to enact an official transgender medical ban.

Medical experts and transgender advocates have warned that criminalizing transgender medical care could lead to a spike in suicides and mental health problems among trans youth.

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“All of these measures run counter to medical science, prevailing standards of treatment for transgender youth, and basic human dignity. Research has shown that transgender youth have the best outcomes when they are affirmed in their gender identity through supportive families, medical providers, and communities,” stated Alabama’s ACLU chapter.

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Arkansas has followed Alabama, overriding a governor veto in the process.

Governor Asa Hutchinson vetoed the bill but it has passed anyway.

It’s no expected that lawsuits from various civil rights groups will follow.

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