Protect transgender youth and prevent the passage of the VCCPA

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Alabama’s Senate Health Committee has just approved anti-trans legislature, VCCPA

The Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act was just approved by the Alabama Senate Health Committee with an 11-2 vote in favor of it. If it’s approved by the Alabama State Senate and the House of Representatives, transgender minors will be unable to obtain gender affirming medical attention, including hormone blockers. (Hormone blockers are a puberty delaying treatment that has been used since the 80s on transgender and cisgender children alike, which have been proven to be safe and reversible.) For a doctor to provide a transgender patient with that care would be a felony, punishable with 10 years in prison. Not only this, but the act would require mental health providers and doctors (school counselors, therapists, etc) to violate the standards of confidentiality of which they’re held to and tell any transgender child’s family about their gender identity regardless of the threat this may have to the child’s safety and well-being. Transphobic violence is not nonexistent. Forced outing of trans youth is a terrifying concept regardless of the stance of one’s family, but the low rates of acceptance observed in Alabama mean that the passage of this act would endanger the lives of countless children.

The Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act will cause insurmountable harm to transgender individuals in Alabama if it’s passage is not prevented. The criminalization of health care is a gross overuse of power, and when the sponsors and backers of this act so clearly know little to nothing about the claims they’re making (and the illegitimacy of many of them) it shows how little they truly care about protecting children and showing them compassion. This is not liberty. This is disgusting. 

Use your voice and show your opposition to the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Care Act, along with the other proposed legislature across the nation barring trans individuals from receiving necessary healthcare. Contact legislators, share this petition, and speak out against the approval of this act. 

As a transgender minor in Alabama, seeing this act move further along in the legislative process brings me so much pain. Regardless of its passage, my family makes it so that I’m not in a position where gender affirming treatment is a possibility. The combination of debilitating gender dysphoria, incessant transphobia, and lack of support from my family and peers has made my life immeasurably difficult. For other trans people to be forced down this same path, even if they had families that were willing to assist them in their transition, would shatter my heart. Access to trans education and healthcare is already far too difficult to obtain. The passage of this act would cause nothing but harm, and I will do everything in my power to oppose it. I urge you to do the same. 

Finch Bryant
2 months ago