Just now, for example, in South Dakota, HB 1057 passed out of committee with an 8-5 vote, to now go to the full House for a vote. This legislation would criminalize doctors who prescribe gender-affirming treatment for transgender teenagers.
As a PFLAG member or supporter, you are fighting this kind of legislation every day. Right now, your work is timely and vital. Here are the ways you can help:
1. If you are the parent of a transgender young person and willing to publicly share your story, please contact Laura McGinnis at email@example.com right now. Writers from a variety of supportive news outlets are contacting us, and your personal stories–shared at the local, state, and national level–can open hearts, change minds, and hopefully fight off this bad legislation.
2. If you are the parent of a transgender young person, visit https://wapo.st/2tIbzEY (scroll to the bottom) and share your story there. Be sure to mention that you are a PFLAG parent/member/chapter leader. The collective strength of hearing from PFLAG can make a vital difference.
3. Contact your legislators and let them know that you oppose these types of dangerous and damaging bills. When you call them, let them know that you are reaching out regarding anti-transgender legislation (you can find a comprehensive list of this legislation at http://bit.ly/36p6xL3, courtesy of our colleagues at Freedom for All Americans). Have questions about speaking with the press or your legislators? Contact us, any time, for support in sharing your personal story. Lives depend on it – and we depend on you!
Thank you for all that you do to fight for the well-being of our LGBTQ+ loved ones, and to #protecttranskids.
Liz Owen, Director of Communications