Marie Willa pleaded on TikTok for parents living in Alabama to get their trans children out of the state to
On March 2, lawmakers in Alabama passed senate bill 10 (SB10), an anti-transgender bill that will prohibit medical professionals from providing critical healthcare and gender-affirming treatment to trans people under the age of 19.
In an emotional video Willa said:
“I come to you tonight on a very serious note with a dire warning and a plea for help.
If you are the parent of a transgender child that is 19 or under and you live in the state of Alabama, your child lives in the state of Alabama, get out.
They have just made it a felony to provide any gender-affirming care to any transgender person age 19 or younger.”
She warned the ban would “drive the suicide rate up just astronomically high” and pleaded for parents to “get your children to safety”. Willa also called on the wider community to
The bill would bar medical professionals from administering hormones or puberty blockers to trans youth, in addition to prohibiting gender-affirming surgeries for trans minors.
If the bill passes into law, it would make it a Class C felony for medical professionals to provide gender-affirming care to trans minors. This class of felony would result in a 10-year prison sentence or a $15,000 fine in Alabama.
The bill also requires teachers and staff at schools in Alabama to share with students’ parents if they learn that a
“minor’s perception that his or her gender is inconsistent with his or her sex”.
It would, in effect, require teachers to “out” trans students to their parents.
The Montgomery Advertiser reported SB10, dubbed the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, passed by a vote of 23-4.
If the Alabama House of Representatives approves its companion bill, HB1, and the proposal is signed by governor Kay Ivey, Alabama would be the first state in the US to pass a bill of this kind.
Republican senator Shay Shelnutt proposed the bill. According to the Montgomery Advertiser, he said he wanted to “protect children” by passing the bill. Shelnutt said:
“I don’t think the same way I did at 14 when I was 25.
You know the male brain – I don’t know when it fully matures, but you know, the human brain is not fully mature, and you know they are going to think differently.”
Trans activist and actor Elliot Page called on lawmakers to protect trans kids and vote no on these bills, writing on Twitter,
“Efforts to criminalize trans kids are deadly and we need to fight back against Alabama’s HB1/SB10.
Trans kids’ lives depend on stopping this bill.”
Willa’s TikTok video reiterated,
“Silence and inaction of good people has always been the greatest tool used by oppressors of marginalised communities.
So the best answer I can give you: Make some noise.”
“…put boots on the ground for peaceful protesting”, put “pressure” on government officials “attempting to commit this atrocity”, write letters to “people that hold the purse strings” and call on businesses to put pressure “on where it counts – right there in the wallet.”
“Create a network of safe havens for these people to go and get the care they need and safety.”
Efforts to criminalize trans kids are deadly and we need to fight back against Alabama’s HB1/SB10. Trans kids’ lives depend on stopping this bill. Tell Alabama lawmakers to #ProtectTransKids #NoHB1 #NoSB10 @ACLUAlabama— Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) March 5, 2021
(Photo, TikTok; via Pink News)