Oklahoma Senator’s Bill to sentence transgender people to life

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SB 676

Oklahoma Senator Warren Hamilton’s draconian anti-trans bill SB 676 will get its first reading on February 1st. It would require a minimum sentence of 3 years to life for anyone helping a person 21 or younger medically transition. SB 676 would also make it a criminal offense to be transgender in the state of Oklahoma.

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Senator Hamilton also filed bills to outlaw immunization and make it a criminal offense to require face coverings.

  • A. It shall be unlawful for a person under the age of twenty-one (21) years to undergo gender reassignment medical treatment in this state.
  • It shall be unlawful for a parent, guardian or other person in this state having charge, control or custody of a child under the
    age of eighteen (18) years to obtain gender reassignment medical treatment for the child.
  • It shall be unlawful for a health care professional to intentionally perform gender reassignment medical treatment on a person who is under the age of twenty-one (21) years.

This bill is reminiscent of Hitler’s final solution. We have no option but to transition. It’s not something any of us choose. If we are denied we would die and many of us would find that preferential to imprisonment.

Human Rights Watch calls the bill “Draconian” noting that “the bill would also punish doctors, parents, and even children themselves with penalties of up to life imprisonment”.

Oklahoma’s bill is extreme, taking autonomy away from young adults and imposing draconian punishments, and is part of a worrying larger trend. Across the US, state lawmakers are once again introducing a slew of bills that seek to block transgender children from accessing healthcare, sports, and support in schools.

This seemingly coordinated assault on transgender kids flies in the face of what medical professionals, parents, and transgender kids say they need. Studies show that transgender kids can reap huge benefits from being able to socially transition – that is, to have others treat them in a manner consistent with their gender identity. Bills that shut transgender kids out of sports or bar teachers from respecting their gender identity fly in the face of transgender children’s rights and well-being.

It’s equally misguided to restrict medical interventions for transgender or gender non-conforming kids, which are fairly rare. The most common treatment is puberty blockers, which delay the onset of puberty and can alleviate the anxiety and distress that young transgender people might otherwise experience as their body develops. Professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, support this treatment for some children, allowing them to further explore their gender identity while suspending physiological changes that can be difficult or impossible to reverse later in life.

Anti-Fascists and human rights activists will be holding a rally on Friday at 5:00 pm Jan 19, 2021, in the area of 23rd and Robison, Oklahoma city, Oklahoma.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender