Tips and Resources for Doing Advocacy Against Legislative Youth Care Bans

Apr 06, 2023

Help protect trans kids and save lives by getting involved with adovacy against youth care bans.

  • Get connected with
  • Get prepared
    • Know the legislation your testifying against
      • Read the proposed legislation
      • Review the proposed legislation summary with your local on-the ground legal partners (see above)
    • Review good source material that address frequent points in care bans
    • Know your citations
      • Jack Turban’s The Evidence for Trans Youth Gender-Affirming Medical Care
      • Citations Since Then:
        • Chen D, Berona J, Chan YM, Ehrensaft D, Garofalo R, Hidalgo MA, Rosenthal SM, Tishelman AC, Olson-Kennedy J. Psychosocial Functioning in Transgender Youth after 2 Years of Hormones. N Engl J Med. 2023 Jan 19;388(3):240-250. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2206297. PMID: 36652355.
        • Tordoff DM, Wanta JW, Collin A, Stepney C, Inwards-Breland DJ, Ahrens K. Mental Health Outcomes in Transgender and Nonbinary Youths Receiving Gender-Affirming Care. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Feb 1;5(2):e220978. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.0978. Erratum in: JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Jul 1;5(7):e2229031. PMID: 35212746; PMCID: PMC8881768.
        • Olson KR, Durwood L, Horton R, Gallagher NM, Devor A. Gender Identity 5 Years After Social Transition. Pediatrics. 2022 Aug 1;150(2):e2021056082. doi: 10.1542/peds.2021-056082. PMID: 35505568.
        • Lieke J.J.J. Vrouenraets, Martine C. de Vries, Irma M. Hein, Marijn Arnoldussen, Sabine E. Hannema & Annelou L.C. de Vries (2022) Perceptions on the function of puberty suppression of transgender adolescents who continued or discontinued treatment, their parents, and clinicians, International Journal of Transgender Health, 23:4, 428-441, DOI: 10.1080/26895269.2021.1974324
        • Clara De Castro, Mireia Solerdelcoll, Maria Teresa Plana, Irene Halperin, Mireia Mora, Laura Ribera, Camil Castelo-Branco, Esther Gómez-Gil, Angela Vidal, High persistence in Spanish transgender minors: 18 years of experience of the Gender Identity Unit of Catalonia,Revista de Psiquiatría  y Salud Mental, 2022,ISSN 1888-9891, 
    • Draft Your Testimony
      • Time yourself reading it to fit the testimony slot
      • Have it proofed by your on-the ground team
    • Day of
      • Show up early (virtually or IRL)
      • Center your authoritative knowledge, training, and experience balanced with your compassion and empathy
      • There are a lot more tips here- but I recommend you have those through training with orgs listed above
    • Self-care
      • You are NOT responsible for the passing or prevention of this legislation
      • Plan to care for yourself and refills your resiliency wells 


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