The Florida Board of Medicine has voted to ban gender-affirming care for minors.
Ignoring advice from national medical agencies such as the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Psychological Association, the board voted to draft a rule that will essentially ban transitional care for transgender youth, NBC reported.
The decision was met with protests at Orlando International Airport, where the meeting took place. Activists staged a “die-in” and lay on the ground with the transgender flag and signs mimicking headstones that read “Killed by the State” and “HRT (Home Replacement Therapy) Removed.”
The move follows advice from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and the Florida Department of Health who cited a report that “80% of those who seek clinical care will lose their desire to self-identify.” to the non-natal sex.
Experts who opposed the ban raised concerns about the study during the five-hour deliberation hearing, arguing that it was not conducted by medical professionals with a medical background. expertise in transgender care.
“None of the state’s review authors is an expert on the subject,” said Dr. Meredithe McNamara, assistant professor of pediatrics at Yale.
“An individual is a dentist. The other is a post-doctoral fellow in biostatistics. At the very least, the systematic review should be carried out by people qualified to assess the literature. I wouldn’t trust a literature review by a dermatologist on a neurosurgical procedure, for example.
Desantis and Ladapo’s guidelines were released in April and said that “hormone treatments for transgender adolescents may produce intended physical effects, but evidence regarding their psychosocial and cognitive impact is generally lacking.”
The American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists have supported gender-affirming care for children and adolescents.
Despite findings from the American Academy of Pediatrics that bills banning transgender care ultimately harm patients, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration released a report that found that treatments for transgender gender dysphoria “are experimental and experimental with the potential for long-term harmful effects”.
DeSantis asked the Sunshine State medical board to act on the report, which was released just two months after his advice.
Friday’s vote came days after another report from another state agency discouraged Medicaid coverage for transgender people of any age.
DeSantis, who has hinted at running for president in 2024, has launched a series of bills targeting transgender people.
In June, the Republican Brandon signed the Women’s Sports Equity Act, which prohibits transgender girls and women from joining sports teams based on the gender they identify with.
“In Florida, girls go to girl’s sports and boys go to boy’s sports,” DeSantis said at the time.
Earlier this year, DeSantis also signed into law a controversial law aimed at preventing Florida schools from teaching students about sexual orientation and gender issues, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay Bill.”