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Georgia Lawmaker Delivers Emotional Plea to Trans Youth Amid Healthcare Bill Controversy- In the face of a healthcare bill in Georgia that bans gender-affirming care, Democratic lawmaker Karla Drenner gave a heartfelt plea to trans youth in her state, urging them not to give up hope.

The controversial bill, known as GA SB140, seeks to prohibit medical professionals from providing hormone replacement therapies or gender-affirming surgery to those with gender dysphoria, but does not include a ban on puberty blockers. Despite opposition from Drenner and others, the Republican-led majority of the state’s senate is expected to pass the legislation.


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A Personal Appeal to Lawmakers

Drenner, who represents Georgia’s 85th district and was the first openly gay state representative in the south, addressed lawmakers directly, asking them not to vote for the bill. She also spoke directly to trans youth in Georgia, assuring them that they are not alone in their struggle.

“I’ve been here 23 years. I have borne witness to lots of bills over the years that have impacted the LGBTQ community. What you are talking about today is somebody’s child,” she said. “To all the children in our state that are going to be negatively impacted, please don’t lose hope. Please don’t give up. Please don’t kill yourself. This world is worth it. We need you.”

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A Larger Issue

The bill in Georgia is just one of many anti-LGBTQ+ laws being proposed across the US. These laws seek to roll back anti-discrimination rights, access to sports, parental rights, and even drag performances. As a result, many members of the LGBTQ+ community are feeling threatened and uncertain about their future.

While it is unclear what the future holds for trans youth in Georgia and beyond, Drenner’s message of hope and resilience is a powerful reminder that they are valued and loved.

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