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Gender Affirming Care: Evidence-Based Reviews of Legislative Actions

In the face of a recent unprecedented wave of state legislation that has targeted the well-being of gender-expansive youth, faculty members from the Yale Law School, Child Study Center, Department of Psychiatry, and Department of Pediatrics came together to synthesize and disseminate scientific and legal knowledge in support of LGBTQ+ youth and their families.

Along with exclusionary measures in school and in sports, new laws have sought to deny access to well-established, lifesaving medical care. During the first half of 2022 alone, 20 states have introduced medical bans with worsening punishments directed towards healthcare providers and parents. The new laws criminalize standard medical care and interfere in relationships among providers and families, vetoing shared healthcare decisions.

In our cross-departmental and interdisciplinary work, we marshal scientific and legal knowledge to lay bare the misinformation used to justify these medical bans. Our team includes specialists in law, child psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry, pediatric endocrinology, and adolescent medicine. Our detailed, evidence-based reports inform litigators, policymakers, journalists, and medical professionals with a common language that upholds the integrity of science, law and public policy. Joining us are colleagues nationwide, including Dr. Laura Kuper (University of Texas Southwestern) and Dr. Hussein Abdul-Latif (University of Alabama Birmingham).

Commentary and Reports

  • Amicus Brief Filed to Defend Gender-Affirming Care in Alabama

    An amicus brief related to the District Court’s preliminary injunction blocking the implementation of Alabama’s legislative ban on gender-affirming care for adolescents under age 19 (the “Alabama Law”).
  • Flawed Medicaid Report in Florida

    An analysis and public comment letter to the AHCA opposing the proposed regulation on the grounds that it is discriminatory in violation of the U.S. and Florida Constitutions and federal law.
  • Biased Science in Texas & Alabama

    An in-depth report examining the scientific claims made by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton taking the position that certain medical procedures constitute child abuse as defined in the Texas Family Code.

Yale Team Members

Media Contact

Debra Kroszner, Managing Director, Office of Public Affairs, Yale Law School

Funding and Conflicts of Interest

We received no funding for this project and have no conflicts of interest to declare.