Gender Justice Condemns North Dakota Ban on Gender-Affirming Care for Minors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2023
Erin Hart, Communications Director
Gender Justice condemns the ban on gender-affirming care for minors that was signed into law by North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum yesterday.
Over the past few years, states such as Texas and Florida have introduced legislation targeting trans people, including efforts seeking to restrict and criminalize life-saving gender-affirming care. This has created a frightening landscape for trans individuals and their families, and has deeply impacted the mental health of vulnerable trans youth. As bills seeking to ban gender-affirming care for youth advance in neighboring states like Iowa and South Dakota, North Dakota’s ban House Bill 1254 will escalate the growing public health crisis for transgender youth and their families.
“This bill is devastating for health care providers, who now cannot continue to provide gender affirming health care to their patients consistent with best practices,” said Christina Sambor, North Dakota State Director for Gender Justice. “Parents are now going to be forced to make an impossible decision, between staying in their homes and risking their child’s health and safety, or uprooting their lives and relocating, often at great personal cost.”
“Gender Justice has the honor of working with, representing, and providing resources for transgender and LGB youth. Everyday we get to see the joy and successes of students who are affirmed by their parents and communities. We will keep fighting for the rights of transgender youth and their families as we envision a future where transgender kids can thrive in our country, including North Dakota,” said Megan Peterson, Gender Justice Executive Director.