Jacquin D. Bierman Professor of Law
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 AlabamaAn 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 FloridaAn 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
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics (Endocrinology); Asst Prof of Clinical Pediatrics, Pediatrics; Clinician
Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center
Assistant Professor; Affiliate Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Instructor in the Child Study Center
- August 29, 2022Source: YLS Today
Amicus Brief Filed to Defend Gender-Affirming Care in Alabama
- July 15, 2022Source: South Florida Sun Sentinel
Researchers blast Florida’s transgender treatment plan as ‘incorrect and scientifically unfounded’
- July 13, 2022Source: Yale Law School News
Team of Experts Provides Critical Review of Florida Medical Report on Transgender Care
- July 02, 2022Source: Journal of Adolescent Health
Scientific Misinformation and Gender Affirming Care: Tools for Providers on the Front Lines
Funding and Conflicts of Interest
Debra Kroszner, Managing Director, Office of Public Affairs, Yale Law School