Trans girls are girls. The word "trans" is an adjective.

Updated: Jun 21

Just because Ladapo doesn’t know what it feels like, it doesn’t mean it’s not a real biological phenomenon. The June 2 letter authored by Governor appointed Surgeon General Ladapo asks the state board to essentially ban transition-related care for transgender minors. Here’s the link to the article which discusses Ladapo's letter:

The National Health Law Program, the Florida Health Justice Project and Southern Legal Counsel issued a statement that said banning transition-related care “draws on junk science and cites discredited so-called experts... The lives, health and well-being of transgender Floridians are at stake." Here's the link to the article that quotes those groups:

The research shows that kids whose families support and accept them in the gender with which they identify have the best mental health.

The chance for a trans person to express their true identity can have a powerful effect on their self-esteem. The process of changing from the gender they were assigned at birth to the gender that feels true to them is called transitioning. The process doesn’t always mean getting surgery. It can take several forms. Some are nonpermanent steps, such as choosing a new name, changing pronouns, and wearing different clothes and hairstyles. Others include medical treatments and procedures to change the body. There’s no set formula for a transition.

Puberty can be especially upsetting for many transgender children. Starting at the first signs of the changes doctors can prescribe hormone blockers. That means the body won’t go through the permanent changes that normally happen during puberty. The effects of the medication are reversible. Puberty blockers can buy the family some time to reflect on the future before their child goes through puberty, which is irreversible.

Lia Thomas transitioned after puberty. She tells her story to Sports Illustrated. Here's an excerpt from the article: “I just want to show trans kids and younger trans athletes that they’re not alone,” she says at the coffeehouse. “They don’t have to choose between who they are and the sport they love.”

We must learn to get along and we can learn to do that in our public schools. Surgeon General Ladapo and people who want trans kids banned from public schools remind me of the times before 1974. Excerpt from Wikipedia:

Between 1867 and 1974, various cities of the United States had ordinances which targeted poor people and disabled people. For instance, a law of 1867 deemed it illegal for "any person, who is diseased, maimed, mutilated or deformed in any way" to be in a public place.

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