Arkansas is about to become one of this country’s ‘national embarrassments’
The state could ban health care for some of its citizens.
It’s been a difficult week for transgender people in Arkansas, and Lisa Stuart is finding it hard to stay hopeful.
Last week, the state’s Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, signed two anti-LGBTQ+ bills within 48 hours of each other: a proposal banning trans girls from playing women’s sports in school and another allowing doctors to turn away LGBTQ+ patients. The Arkansas legislature followed up the enactment of those laws on Monday by passing House Bill 1570, a bill that criminalizes gender-affirming care for transgender youth. It’s now one signature away from being the first law ever of its kind.
Stuart, who serves as president of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, claimed the bills represent a “multipoint assault on the community,” in which lawmakers “come up with as many anti-trans bills as [they] can think of, throw them at the wall, and see what sticks.” When it comes to HB 1750, she admitted she is not optimistic about a veto.
HB 1570 is one of at least 21 bills introduced across the country this year seeking to limit the types of medical care that can be offered to trans youth. Under Arkansas’ version, doctors could face potential loss of licensure for offering gender-affirming care to minors under the age of 18. Sponsored by State Representative Robin Lundstrum (R-District 87), the bill text states that anyone who has received hormones or puberty blockers has the ability to bring a lawsuit against their former provider, while blocking insurance from being used for these treatments.
Make it legal to withhold medical care because of some lame ass gender thing…..how f*cking pathetic!
Not very Christian now is it?
Does it surprise me?
Not from a state that gave us Huckabee, Cotton and Clinton…..
NOTHING about this should be permitted.
To withhold medical care when in need is a damnable situation…..and comes with civil rights overtones.
Arkansas is not a one off situation…..several Red States are attempting to find ways to withhold medical care from trans kids…..
But why is this?
It’s become a transgender cliché at this point, but Amanda Dennis, a 41-year-old mom from Northwest Arkansas, always knew her middle child, B, was different.
So when B, now age 8, gravitated toward femininity, Dennis didn’t discourage it. “We have never raised our children in a manner of, ‘You’re a boy, you must do this. You must play with this. You’re a girl, you must do this, play with this,’” she told Vox. “I’ve allowed my children to self-direct and experience the world and life through however they choose to do that.”
That presented some challenges for B in kindergarten and first grade, where she was teased for her femininity by the boys in her class. But then the pandemic hit, and suddenly B was going to remote school, which gave her a chance to breathe and the family an opportunity to help her experiment with her gender in a safe space.
Dennis recalls a moment early in the pandemic when a friend was taking socially distant family pictures in their front yard. “She kept referring to B as ‘she,’ ‘her,’ ‘sweetheart,’ this and that,” said Dennis. “After that was done, I sat down with B and said, ‘How did that make you feel?’ And she said, ‘It doesn’t bother me. I actually prefer that.’”
Makes me think how moronic the GOP’s “compassionate conservatism” is nothing more than a useless silly slogan.
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”