Going against US Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, the Florida Department of Health is urging state doctors not to provide gender-affirming care to transgender youth.
Contrary to the opinions of American Academy of Pediatrics and the federal agency, the FDOH statement states that “current evidence does not support the use of puberty blockers, hormone treatments, or surgical procedures for children and adolescents.”
The advice comes amid a wave of anti-trans legislation and rhetoric by heads of state.
The Florida legislature recently passed laws banning trans youth from participating in high school sports and another making it illegal to discuss gender identity in public schools.
Governor Ron DeSantis followed this up by declaring second place in a women’s swim race the winner after realizing the champion was transgender. Central Florida Rep. Randy Fine has floated the idea of laws to declare gender-affirming treatment “child abuse.”
HHS didn’t mince words in a statement saying gender-affirming care is better for the mental health of trans youth than the alternative.
“Attempts to restrict, challenge or mislabel this potentially life-saving care as abuse are dangerous. Such attempts prevent parents from making critical health care decisions for their children, create a chilling effect on the health care providers who are needed to provide care for these young people, and ultimately have a negative impact on the health and well-being of transgender and gender non-conforming youth,” they shared in a statement.
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