Three North Carolina Republican senators – (Ralph Hise, Warren Daniel and Norman Sanderson, if you’re taking notes) – have introduced a draconian new bill that would force teachers to out all trans and gender non-conforming children to their parents.
Senate Bill 514 would make it illegal for any “government agents” to not “immediately” inform the parents or legal guardians of any child or young adult if that “minor under its care or supervision has exhibited symptoms of gender dysphoria, gender nonconformity, or otherwise demonstrates a desire to be treated in a manner incongruent with the minor’s sex”.
Which, in a nutshell, means any state employee, teacher, volunteer or contractor of a school district in North Carolina would be compelled to out trans students under the age of 21 to their parents.
The bill also prevents healthcare professionals from giving gender affirming care to trans youth under the age of 21. So, no gender affirming surgeries, no puberty blockers, and no testosterone or estrogen. Those who continue to do so could have their license revoked and face a civil penalty of up to $1,000 per occurrence.
Kendra R Johnson, executive director of Equality NC, said in a statement that it is “heartbreaking” – but “not unexpected” – to see these “direct, repeated attacks” against trans and gender non-conforming youth in North Carolina.
“These attempts to control the bodies and medical decisions of parents and their transgender children are invasive, inappropriate and outright dangerous,” Johnson said. “Decisions about a child’s medical welfare should be made between that child, their doctor, and their parents or guardians – not lawmakers.”
She added that it is the “job of all lawmakers” to thoroughly understand the “entirety of their constituency” and “mitigate challenges instead of creating barriers”. Johnson said: “We cannot legislate the transgender community out of existence.”
The North Carolina bill comes after Arkansas became the first state to ban gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth this week.
(via Pink News)