Not the Texas I know: The Legislature’s “bathroom bill”

Health Photo by Qiling Wang / The Texas Tribune The public and legislative debate happening in Texas over Senate Bill 3, requiring transgender individuals to use the bathrooms associated with the sex designated on their birth certificates, should give pause to anyone who cares about the health and welfare of our children. The bottom line message this legislation sends to our transgender children and youth is this: Your lives do not matter. Your mental and emotional well-being does not matter. Your ability to focus on your learning, free of the distractions of gender dysphoria, does not matter. It is no exaggeration to say lives are at stake as this “debate” continues. For the past nine years, my clinical practice has focused almost entirely on work with gender diverse and transgender children, adolescents, young adults and their families. Let me tell you a true story that shows exactly how harmful legislation…

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