HHS Releases Report On ‘Affirming LGBTQI+ Youth’

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a report about “affirming LGBTQI+ youth.”

The report, which was released in honor of “transgender day of visibility,” encourages children to “transition” to other genders through “gender-affirmative care.”

The report is titled “Moving Beyond Change Efforts: Evidence and Action to Support and Affirm LGBTQI+ Youth.”

The report “[P]rovides a comprehensive overview of the scientific research and consensus that LGBTQI+ youth are resilient and can thrive when they are supported and affirmed, but that pervasive discrimination, rejection, and bullying of LGBTQI+ youth has led to a nationwide mental health crisis,” according to a press release.

“The report finds that this crisis is most acute for transgender youth, whose mental health and wellbeing is put at risk by policies that seek to restrict their access to appropriate health care and inclusion at school,” the press release also states.

It adds that HHS released the report on “transgender day of visibility” to “uplift” transgender youth and those that support them while defending medical procedures that are used in “changing” a person’s gender and argues that “gender-affirming” care should be legal.

Under “gender-affirming care,” minors with gender dysphoria may be given puberty blockers and undergo gender change operations such as double mastectomies.

“On Transgender Day of Visibility, and every day, we celebrate the courage and resilience of transgender people across this country in the face of violence, hatred, and bigotry,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said.

The HHS’s report comes days after a “transgender” shooter targeted a Christian School in Nashville, Tennessee, killing six people, including three nine-year-olds. It also comes as several states have implemented laws prohibiting or restricting “gender-affirming care” on children.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) recently signed legislation banning gender change operations and puberty blockers from being used on minors.

In Kentucky, lawmakers passed a bill prohibiting minors from receiving “gender-affirming care,” allowing educators to refrain from referring to a student with their preferred pronouns and forbidding any discussion of gender identity in the classroom with students of any age.

In Missouri, Attorney General Andrew Bailey issued an emergency regulation on medical procedures, including puberty blockers and gender change operations. He also created a hotline where members of the public can report any use of “gender-affirming care” on minors.

Children should not be encouraged to seek any life-changing operations. If they are not “old enough” to vote, how can they be “old enough” to make their own bodily decisions?