Gender Affirming Care BAN hearing on Wednesday
Take Action Now: State Board and Legislation HB 454
The day after the State Board of Education meeting, the Ohio House Families, Aging, and Human Services Committee will hear two hours of opponent testimony on HB 454, the "Save Adolescents from Experimentation" Act.
This bill bans affirming mental and medical healthcare for LGBTQ+ youth. In Arkansas, this piece of legislation caused a federal judge to block the measure in July 2022. As a result, the Department of Justice issued this letter reinforcing federal nondiscrimination obligations for trans youth.
Help stop these multi-pronged attacks against LGBTQ+ youth. Demand our legislators comply with federal nondiscrimination laws.
1) CALL: Committee Chair Susan Manchester
Find a script and contact information here.
2) CALL OR EMAIL: Committee Members need to hear from you!
Find a script and contact information for each member of the Families, Aging, and Human Services Committee here.
3) SOCIAL MEDIA: Speak out on social media
Your voice matters to elected officials, and it matters to your friends and neighbors, too.
Find a description of HB 454 and more details here.
4) PROVIDE TESTIMONY
Due to time constraints set by the Chair, public testimony is limited to a small number of witnesses and partner organizations.
If you have submitted testimony through us and would like to give in-person testimony, please reach out to Kathryn@equalityohio.org as soon as possible and we will mark you as available for in-person testimony. Note that we cannot know for sure who will or will not be called up to testify in person. If you have not submitted testimony to us or through our portal, there is still time for you to submit directly!
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to indicate if you would like to present testimony in-person or as written only by Tuesday, November 15 at 10am.
This effort to mobilize is being coordinated by Equality Ohio and by PFLAG National, and this email in part was originally from Ohio for Honesty Education. Please let us know if you have questions about any of the strategy to address the issues of gender affirming healthcare, Title IX, or the impact that these bills would have on our transgender youth.
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