Urgent Call to Action on House Bill 1

 
Allies and Advocates,
 
We are writing you today with an URGENT CALL TO ACTION!! The Alabama House Judiciary Committee is planning on taking up House Bill 1 (HB1), which would prevent adolescent youth who are transgender or are experiencing gender dysphoria from receiving evidence-based medical care. We NEED YOU to reach out to the members of the House Judiciary Committee, especially if your legislator is on the judiciary committee (click here.)
 
When communicating with these legislators, the following talking points {developed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC); and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – Alabama Region} should be utilized:
  • Alabama politicians are putting the lives and well-being of transgender youth at risk;
  • Denying best practice medical care and support to transgender youth can be life-threatening. It has been shown to contribute to depression, social isolation, self-hatred, risk of self-harm and suicidal behavior, and more;
  • Best practice medical care for transgender youth simply delays puberty until young people are old enough to make their own decisions about their lived gender;
  • Patients, parents, and their health care providers, not politicians, should decide what medical care is in the best interest of a patient in accordance with current medical best practice; 
  • It can be hard to understand what it’s like to have a transgender child, especially if you’ve never met someone who is transgender. Parents of transgender children, like most parents, simply want to do what is best for their child—and that includes working with doctors to ensure that their child has access to necessary and medically recommended care;
  • Transgender children, like any children, have the best chance to thrive when they are supported and can get the health care they need. This bill would take that away from transgender youth in Alabama.
The Alabama Legislature is not currently making virtual testimony possible, however, there is an incredible line up of speakers that will be traveling to the State House in Montgomery on Wednesday to speak out against this discriminatory bill. Please let your voice be heard to protect Alabama youth by contacting members of the House Judiciary Committee TODAY!!
 
As always, we appreciate your enduring support of AIDS Alabama and to the health and prosperity of the people we serve.
 
In Solidarity,
 
Vanessa Tate Finney (pronouns: she/her)
Director of Policy and Advocacy
AIDS Alabama