An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Oppose HB358 and SB514

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House bill 358 and Senate bill 514 cannot be allowed to pass. These bills are exclusionary attacks on transgender individuals who are hurting nobody and simply trying to live their lives with acceptance and peace. HB358 fundamentally misunderstands the physiological nature of transitioning through hormone therapy, as trans individuals when undergoing and completing treatment have very little advantage over cis athletes, and requiring trans girls and women to compete in men’s sports is to put them in dangerous environments where they are significantly more likely to be bullied, harassed, and attacked. SB514 is also dangerous to the physical and mental health of trans youth, as a vast amount of research shows that many transgender individuals experience body dysmorphia and gender dysphoria well before the age of 21, and that trans individuals have an extremely high rate of depression and suicide as a result of being refused the ability to transition, being ostracized by conservative parents, and being made to live in places that are hostile to the very existence of trans people. Trans youth are not a threat to sports or to society. Trans youth are THREATENED by society. These bills that attack their dignity and remove access to treatment will only fuel a culture of fear and violence against them, and will only exacerbate an epidemic of mental health crises among them. No fellow human should have to have their rights and their hope stripped away like that. Given these things, I ask you to please consider opposing HB358 and SB514, and help the state of North Carolina become one of unity and acceptance instead of living in a stereotype of fundamentalist fear.

First sent on April 15 by Michael · 4 signers in the past 24 hours

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