gender identity

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 […]

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Transgender teen shares experience with gender-affirming care in trial against Arkansas law

BY: - October 19, 2022

Dylan Brandt finally feels proud of his yearbook pictures after more than two years of testosterone treatments, he said Wednesday in federal court. Brandt, 17, is one of the four transgender minors challenging Act 626, Arkansas’ ban on gender-affirming medical care for people under 18. He was the final witness for the plaintiffs, represented by […]

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 […]

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Conway Schools should be embarrassed by anti-trans restroom policy, book censorship

BY: - October 14, 2022

The Conway School Board earned a badge of shame Tuesday when it adopted two policies that will harm transgender youth. One policy bans transgender youth from using restrooms not aligned with their assigned sex at birth. Gender nonconforming students made uncomfortable by this rule can opt to use single-use restrooms, but as one person noted […]