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Ron DeSantis Calls Gender-Affirming Care 'Castration' in Debate

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called gender-affirming care “chemical castration” and defended the state’s “don’t say gay” law in a Monday debate with his Democratic challenger, Charlie Crist.DeSantis, a Republican with presidential ambitions, has taken many anti-LGBTQ+ stances. “When they say ‘gender-affirming care,’ they mean giving puberty blockers to teenage girls and teenage boys,” he said in the debate.

Florida regulators are considering banning gender-affirming care for youth.He said doctors are “chemically castrating young boys.” He added, “A lot of kids go through a lot of different things.

A lot of the dysphoria resolves itself by the time they become adults.”However, studies have indicated that people who initiate gender-affirming care as teens continue with it into adulthood.

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