The ACLU’s Deputy Director for Trans Justice, Chase Strangio, recently commented on a federal court upholding Tennessee’s ban on gender transition treatment for children. Strangio argued that the states pushing for such bans are the same states that oppose vaccines, masks in schools, and transgender rights, suggesting that their motives are purely political.
According to Strangio, major medical associations in the United States, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and the American Psychiatric Association, have all opposed legislation that restricts gender transition treatment for minors. These associations, based on evidence and clinical experience, believe that such legislation will cause significant harm to transgender adolescents.
Strangio criticized the arguments put forth by states defending these laws, stating that they make no sense when examined in light of the evidence. He pointed out that every medication has side effects, and yet states are banning certain forms of care based on this flawed reasoning. He also drew attention to the same states and individuals who pushed for the use of Ivermectin as a COVID treatment, despite a lack of evidence of its efficacy, and who oppose vaccines and masks in schools. Strangio concluded that this pattern suggests a political agenda driven by opposition to transgender rights.
The ACLU’s stance highlights the ongoing debate surrounding legislation targeting transgender individuals, particularly minors seeking gender transition treatment. It underscores the clash between advocates for transgender rights and those who question the appropriateness and potential consequences of such treatments.