EDITORIAL

Defend trans youth

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In a vicious display of callousness, Republicans in over 23 states are attacking the lives of trans youth. Pushing laws that would ban the use of gender-affirming hormones or puberty-blocking drugs, these politicians cater to the most extreme reactionaries. South Dakota’s Gov. Kristi Noem positively beamed as she signed a law that would force trans minors in the state to detransition. Disgusting!

These laws are not about “saving children.” They are barbaric acts of cruelty against an extremely vulnerable population.

The right to bodily autonomy is key to feminist beliefs. And yet, there are a vocal minority of self-described “radical feminists” who have savagely come out against the trans community. These bigots believe they have the right to decide the gender identity of others. Their vitriol legitimizes and provides cover to hard-right conservatives pushing a larger anti-queer, anti-trans, anti-drag agenda. And these same right-wingers also organize against legal abortion, civil rights, labor protections and so much more.

Real feminists stand up for the transgender community. End the attacks on trans and non-binary people. Free, accessible gender-affirming health care for all.

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