You'll be shocked to learn that NC's Bill 514 is a mess of lies and misdirection, in addition to being one of the most straightforwardly fascist anti-LGBT bills the GOP has mustered in recent memory.
Apologies while I go through this.
a) 'Encouragement' is untrue. It's unclear what 'assisting' means.
b) 'Experimental' is a loaded term. It's off-label, yes, but puberty blockers have been long studied for precocious puberty. That is, we know what they do.
Once again, this is untrue. No one is doing bottom surgery on minors. And regarding cosmetic surgery: This is actually legal... for cis people. But it's still untrue, because if you went on puberty blockers, you're less likely to need cosmetic surgery.
a) Yes, that's the point.
b) This is incompatible with an earlier claim they make that most children desist (thank you fucking Jesse Singal).
c) This means... that most children who take these steps are actually transgender.
d) 'Poorly studied' and 'unproven' is false.
The overwhelming majority of evidence finds that transition helps people, and this is true for minors as well, though it has less study due to, well, the nature of it.
Once again I am baffled by the narrative that every major psychological organization is somehow being controlled by trans activists, or postmodernists or whatever. Again, with no evidence other than feels.
a) 'Sterilization'... This is untrue if you go off of puberty blockers.
It's true that you do need to make that choice and it sucks to have to do it so young. But you can bank sperm, for instance.
Note that they don't say how MUCH of an increased risk is posed, nor what KINDS of cancer risks are increased.

'Lifetime' of 'infections' is just straight up false. There's a risk of infection with any surgery, but, again, minors are not having these surgeries.
You absolute fucking ghouls. Eat shit.
TO BE CLEAR: What studies DO show is that medical interventions alone are not enough. DO YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE IS NEEDED? IN FACT, WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING???

This is such a fucking skeezy move. Does anything else define 'minor' as being under 21? IANAL, but. This is a trick to let them talk about 'children' and 'minors' when it actually applies to adults as well.
Good thing they remembered to put in that intersex people can still be operated on without their consent.
#SB514 makes conversion therapy explicitly legal in NC. This doesn't restrict it to trans people, either. I'm honestly rather frustrated that this isn't getting much attention.
What's particularly galling, but not at all surprising, is that this entire section is about parental rights, while the previous section says that parents DON'T have the right to make any decisions. We all know that conservatives have no morals or principles, but still.
And here's the infamous 'reporting for gender nonconformity' clause. Again, I'm not a lawyer but isn't the first part really broad? None of this seems to apply specifically to trans people so much as LGBT people in general and anyone who acts out of expectations. It's wild.
Again, this does NOT specify 'minors'.
I'm not a lawyer, but some of these things strike me as... unconstitutional or in direct conflict with other laws, particularly privacy laws and sex discrimination laws. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets toned down by the time it gets vetoed and then overridden, etc.
But I don't think that's the point. The point is to send a message to everyone that NC does not want transgender people and to try to reach for as much as they can, so they can 'compromise' down.

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