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Advocates launch resources to help families affected by gender-affirming care ban

Advocates have come together to launch resources to support families navigating this challenging period. 

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On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued a ruling allowing the state of Alabama to enforce its law criminalizing providers of gender-affirming care. 

In response, advocates have come together to launch resources to support families navigating this challenging period. 

Families of transgender youth in Alabama are now eligible to apply for support from the Southern Trans Youth Emergency Project (STYEP), a regional project of the Campaign for Southern Equality, led in partnership in Alabama with the Magic City Acceptance Center and Prism United. The project helps transgender youth whose access to gender-affirming care has been disrupted by government policies.

Through STYEP, families can receive accurate information about SB184; patient navigation to identify out-of-state gender-affirming care providers; and emergency grants of $500 for immediate needs, including travel, medication, and other logistics. Families can request support at southernequality.org/ALResources.

The decision by the Court of Appeals allows SB184, passed in April 2022, to take effect, meaning that Alabama healthcare professionals will soon be banned from providing healthcare for trans adolescents for the treatment of gender dysphoria, including hormone therapy and puberty blockers. All three judges on the panel that issued the ruling were appointed by Donald Trump. 

“This decision is devastatingly malicious – these judges are knowingly harming young people across Alabama,” said Corey Harvard, executive director of Prism United in Mobile. ”It is a heart-breaking development and a blow to youth who simply want to live as their authentic selves. To every trans youth or parent of a trans youth, please know: We see you, we are here for you, and we are ready to fight this harmful, politically-motivated, anti-science decision until trans youth have access to the healthcare they deserve.”

Every district court judge that has ruled in a case challenging a ban on gender-affirming care has blocked the laws from taking effect, including in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee; the only outlier in this string of victories is this ruling from the notoriously conservative 11th Circuit and a July decision from the 6th Circuit, which allowed bans in Tennessee and Kentucky to take effect. The 11th Circuit ruling could potentially impact similar bans on gender-affirming care in Florida and Georgia, which are both on hold by district court orders. 

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“We are living through a period of unprecedented cruelty toward transgender people, and it should make every American ashamed that most of this cruelty is falling on the shoulders of children,” said Allison Scott, director of Impact and Innovation at the Campaign for Southern Equality. “This ruling from the 11th Circuit is the latest example of the exhausting whiplash that families are facing – taking every step to care for their children, then needing to repeatedly pivot to other options. We are honored to be able to help and heart-broken that the support is so necessary right now.”

Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected]

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