As the American right continues its onslaught against transgender people throughout much of the country, the toll the attacks are taking on the objects of their obsession is becoming much clearer.
More than 58,000 adolescents in 15 states will be forced to bear the brunt of those attacks if proposed legislation in those states becomes law.
In some cases, the legislation has already been signed.According to the Williams Institute, a research center working on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy at UCLA School of Law, 15 primarily Southern states have enacted, or are considering, legislation limiting or blocking entirely access to gender-affirming care for kids and young adults between the ages of 13 and 20.
Even more galling to advocates are the penalties with which medical personnel and even the kids' parents are threatened if they offer or pursue such care.In addition to 10 Southern states, Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Ohio have all introduced some form of legislation putting the well-being of trans kids in jeopardy."In each of these states, the bills would either criminalize health care providers who provide gender-affirming care to minors or subject them to discipline from state licensing boards," according to the Williams Institute report. "Bills in 10 states would also allow individuals to file civil suits for damages against medical providers who violate these laws.