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Statement on Florida Department of Health's Medically Baseless Guidance on Gender-Affirming Care

On April 20, 2022, the Florida Department of Health issued non-binding guidance opposing science-based gender-affirming care for youth. The guidance goes so far as to suggest that social transition should not be considered a valid treatment option for youth. GLMA President Nick Grant, PhD, and GLMA Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, issued this statement:

“Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s administration is once again promoting unscientific propaganda as part of his ongoing agenda against transgender kids.

Gender-affirming care is evidence-based, and it saves lives. But Florida politicians are picking and choosing the research they cite to prop up the Governor’s assault on transgender youth and calling it science. They want to erase the growing body of research that shows that gender-affirming care improves the mental health and well-being of transgender and gender nonconforming youth—and the consensus of major healthcare professional associations.

Healthcare professionals, along with transgender youth and their families, are the experts on gender-affirming care. Not politicians. Yet the DeSantis administration is abusing its power for political gain, to interfere in the relationship between healthcare provider, patient, and family.

“Florida healthcare providers should know that this guidance is non-binding and not currently enforceable, according to the ACLU of Florida. Transgender and gender nonconforming kids continue to count on you, and GLMA will continue to fight for you.

“Just last year, GLMA made the decision to pull our conference out of Florida after Governor DeSantis signed a law effectively banning transgender girls from playing sports. We see this new guidance for what it is: another scientifically baseless attack on the state’s most vulnerable kids.

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