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Judge, attorneys scrutinize witness expertise in trial on Arkansas transgender law

BY: - November 29, 2022

A federal judge and plaintiffs’ attorneys expressed frustration at testimony Tuesday from defense witnesses in the ongoing trial challenging Arkansas’ ban on gender-affirming care for transgender minors. A sociologist and a plastic surgeon, called by lawyers for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office in defense of the 2021 law, expressed doubts about the safety and effectiveness […]

Trial challenging Arkansas ban on gender-affirming care for minors resumes

BY: - November 28, 2022

The trial against Arkansas’ ban on gender-affirming health care for transgender youth resumed Monday with the second witness for the defense, led by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office. Monday’s witness was Dr. Stephen Levine, an Ohio-based psychiatrist with a focus on sexual dysfunction and “transsexualism,” as transgender identity was called in the 1970s when his […]

Federal ‘don’t say gay’ bill introduced in U.S. House

BY: - October 26, 2022

U.S. Rep Mike Johnson of Louisiana has introduced a bill that critics are calling a federal “don’t say gay” bill that prohibits federal funding for any “sexually-oriented” event or material for children under the age of 10. The bill, dubbed the “Stop the Sexualization of Children Act of 2022” was co-sponsored by 32 other Republicans, […]

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State begins defense of ban against gender-affirming care for minors

BY: - October 21, 2022

This article was updated at 7:35 p.m. Oct. 22, 2022, for minor edits. The trial against Arkansas’ ban of gender-affirming health care for minors recessed Friday afternoon until late November, following a morning highlighted by over two hours of closed-door testimony involving private medical information. Lawyers from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office began their defense […]

Trial challenging gender-affirming health care ban for transgender minors resumes Friday

BY: - October 21, 2022

The legal challenge to Arkansas’ ban on gender-affirming health care for transgender minors continues today in federal court, with lawyers from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s office set to present a case to enact the 2021 law. Act 626, known as the Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act, prohibits physicians from providing “gender transition” treatments such […]

Parents of transgender Arkansas minors testify in favor of gender-affirming care

BY: - October 18, 2022

Donnie Saxton said his son Parker’s depression returned in May 2021 when the Arkansas Legislature was about to pass a bill that would become Act 626. “He said, ‘I feel like we’ve done all this for nothing,’” referring to Parker’s gender transition process so far, Donnie Saxton said. Act 626 bans gender-affirming medical care for […]

Federal trial over Arkansas ban on gender-affirming care underway

BY: - October 17, 2022

This story was updated at 11:26 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, to include additional comments. The federal trial challenging Arkansas’ ban on gender-affirming medical care for transgender minors began Monday with testimony from medical professionals with years of experience treating people, including minors, with gender dysphoria. Act 626 of 2021, or the Save Adolescents From Experimentation […]

Law banning care for transgender youth in Arkansas will go on trial Monday

BY: - October 14, 2022

Arkansas’ currently blocked ban on gender-affirming health care for transgender minors will go on trial in federal court Monday in Little Rock. Several transgender minors, their parents and two doctors who provide gender-affirming care challenged the 2021 law in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. U.S. District Judge James Moody will […]