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Florida Medical Board Bans Transgender Minors’ Gender-Affirming Care



Florida Medical Board Bans Transgender Minors' Gender-Affirming Care

The FBM or the Florida Board of Medicine has reportedly banned gender-affirming care for transgender minors. 

After a series of discussions and debates on the table, the Florida Board of Medicine has voted for transgender minors to not get puberty blockers hormone therapies and surgeries. It is exclusive to trans youth under 18 (minor). 

The Florida Board of Medicine has started to draft a rule for minors after 5 hours of continued tense testimonies and protests. It was ruled out on Friday after the board decided and got a majority against the surgeries and therapies regarding the puberty blockers hormones. 

This decision was given concerning the welfare of the minor health. It was drafted stating the ban on all minors in the state that get such therapies and surgeries. Puberty blockers are done to treat gender dysphoria.

Gender dysphoria is a physical condition that influences a child on a mental as well as psychological level. Unlike the rest, Florida’s medical board has been the first to pursue such a rule.

Florida Medical Board Decides To Forbid Gender-Affirming Care For Transgender Minors

Florida is among the few rare that have chosen to ban puberty hormonal therapies and surgeries. By restricting such medical care for the minor transgender, the board has received mixed reactions. The protestors were seen protesting with a board labeled SHAME.

Florida Medical Board Bans Transgender Minors' Gender-Affirming Care

After the 5 hours meeting on Friday, the people reacted negatively and protested outside, some also staged DIE-IN. This was seen in the meeting spot at the lobby of the Orlando International Airport.

We know how Gov. Ron DeSantis wanted to have such restrictions on the transgender minor. It was a long-due decision that was made exclusively on Friday, October 28. The administration finally decided to ban minor surgeries and therapies for transgender.

DeSantis and Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo began this initiative in April 2022. They issued the nonbinding guidance to the health department of Florida. The guidance was aimed to set a bar on the two exclusives- social gender transition and gender-affirming medical care for minors.

This got backlashed by the LGBTQ community and advocates. Many healthcare professionals and the team came to support got transgender minors and how gender-affirming is important to care for transgender minors. 

The department further researched to only report various other surgeries and treatments for gender dysphoria like sex reassignment surgery, cross-sex hormones, and puberty blockers that are not consistent across the medical field. It was also reported that these treatments may pose a threat to the youth and cause many health problems in the future.

The report was sent to the Board of Medicine and requested to set standards and rules that are more safe and more sound for the youth of America. As these complex and irreversible treatments may pose many threats to the youth’s health, they should be taken into consideration. 

Expert testimonies and other care notions were discussed during the meeting on Friday. The first meeting was held in August and on Friday, October it was officially voted out to be in the favour of DeSantis and Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo.

Although it’s a complex thing to discuss, many people are against the decision. But if the security of the child’s health is considered, this might be the only viable option. These treatments not only support the person physically but also mentally but is it the right way to support the health of transgender minors? Although the protests are still going on, we hope the decision turns around well in the future. What are your thoughts? Do comment and let us know.

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