US TRANSGENDER – California aims to become ‘refuge’ for trans children, their families

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California is on the verge of passing a bill that would make that state a refuge for trans kids and their families, a legislative step being taken in response to efforts elsewhere in the United States to prevent these children from accessing gender reassignment treatments or surgeries.

The provision of gender-affirming medical care to minors, whether via surgeries or nonsurgical care such as puberty blockers and hormones, is banned in states such as Texas, Alabama, Louisiana and Idaho.

The penalties for violations of those state laws include the severing of parental rights and criminal consequences for parents who allow their children to access these types of treatments.