When I was in Salt Lake City for a story a few years ago I went to an LGBT youth services org. They had a makeup table and lights set up so trans teens could practice putting on makeup without their parents finding out. This law would make that illegal I guess.
Absolutely infuriating that we still have conservatives acting like transphobes are under attack from "cancel culture" when there's a nationwide wave of these laws.
Worth noting that this law is explicitly designed to prevent "social contagion," an absolutely dogshit theory that has been platformed in mainstream publications for years. I hope everyone who published those articles is doing some soul-searching today.
Important to note that this probably won't pass. But it's revealing of the GOP's execrable priorities and how they're being fueled by "just asking questions" centrists.

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honestly kind of amazed it took Persuasion this long to publish transphobic talking points
No one denies the existence of detransitioners. However, the "just asking questions" crowd is trying to put them at the center of the debate over trans rights. "Some kids think they're trans but it turns out they're not!" Articles like this are key to entrenching that narrative.
When we say there's a direct line from polite centrist concern-trolling to the odious anti-trans laws sweeping the country, this is what we mean. How could a law banning puberty blockers for children *not* be the obvious recommendation to come from a paragraph like this? Image
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I always click on these stories to see if it's just a bad headline but ... nope! Image
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Common trope of these reactionary right-wing garbage articles: Linking factual statements as if one contradicts the other.

What is he actually saying here? You can't be a "happy boy" if you've also been reported missing at some point? Image
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Interesting choice not to interview anyone else involved with this incident.
Here's the audio. The dude in question speaks at 28:35. This seems like a completely reasonable concern.
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Pure moral panic bullshit. "Won't someone think of the bone density?!"
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This is always code for "how do we get more conservative professors?" but the solution is never for the GOP to stop relentlessly demonizing higher education.
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Finally, some coverage of this vital issue
Lol fuck
Another high-stakes banger from the cancel culture crowd.
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