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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: April 5, 2023 12:46 PM
From: Representative Dan Frankel
To: All House members
Subject: The Protection of Trans Kids and their Families Act
Recent attacks by politicians on gender-diverse children and their caretakers have loving families across the country living in fear. It’s time to make clear that Pennsylvania protects all children, including those in need of gender-affirming healthcare.

Empirical evidence has well established that trans and non-binary gender identities are normal variations of human identity and expression. For gender diverse individuals, standards of care and accepted medically necessary services that affirm gender or treat gender dysphoria almost entirely consist of mental health counseling, non-medical social transition, and gender-affirming hormone therapy.

Every major medical association in the United States recognizes the necessity of transition-related care as a treatment option for improving the physical and mental health of transgender people. Study after study has shown that due to heightened risks of suicide and self-harm, forgoing gender-affirming care can have tragic consequences.

Soon, I will introduce a bill that will ensure that parents and other guardians cannot be investigated or punished for obtaining evidence-based, patient-appropriate care for their children.

Please join me in standing with some of our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, and cosponsor this legislation.