SACRAMENTO, CA — (10-02-22) — California will now welcome transgender minors and their families from US states where Republicans have restricted access to gender-affirming therapy. The governor signed the legislation last Thursday.

“We believe that no one should be prosecuted or persecuted for getting the care they need — including gender-affirming care,” said Governor Newsom in a statement shortly after signing the bill.

The legislation bans California healthcare providers from disclosing medical information in relation to other states’ laws prohibiting gender-affirming care for minors.

The law also prohibits the enforcement of a court order “based on another state’s law authorizing a child to be removed from their parent or guardian based on that parent or guardian allowing their child to receive gender-affirming health care or gender-affirming mental health care.”

The law also states that California courts are authorized to take temporary emergency jurisdiction when a child has not been able to receive gender-affirming health care elsewhere, which typically encompasses measures ranging from mere counseling all the way to hormone therapy that delays puberty for those who want to change their sex.

Conservatives were quick to pounce on the new law by taking to social media to suggest that “this would effectively means that California courts will be able to take custody of trans children if they flee their home states.”

However, Asaf Orr from Transgender Youth Project told Reuters that “this law simply clarifies that courts should retain jurisdiction in situations where a parent brings their child to California so that they can obtain medical treatment for gender dysphoria.” said Orr.

State Senator Scott Wiener who put forth the bill, tweeted that “The new piece of legislation aims to protect minors and their families “if they’re being criminalized in their home states.” Wiener also criticized states “like Texas & Alabama [that] are seeking to tear these families apart.”

The GOP war on Transgender Americans is no secret to anyone as everyone remembers back in February, anti-LGBTQ Texas Governor Greg Abbott called on the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate any reported cases of minors receiving gender-affirming care. He also urged ordinary citizens to inform authorities of such suspected instances.

Another example of teh GOP’s war on Transgender Americans is in Alabama, where Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill that made providing gender-affirming medical care to people under the age of 19 a felony for medical professionals.

A similar law was passed in Tennessee in May, making the treatment needed for a transition between genders off limits to prepubescent minors.

We are sure to see conservatives challenge California’s protection law for Transgender Americans.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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