Florida Governor Ron DeSantis shows an image of the children's book Call Me Max by transgender author Kyle Lukoff moments before signing the Parental Rights in Education Bill into law during a press conference on Monday, 28 March 2022 at Shady Hills Classical Preparatory School.  On the left is an image of The Genderbread Person, an educational tool used to break down the concept of gender.  /

What did the Board of Medicine just do?

On October 28, 2022, the Florida Board of Medicine began its meeting by letting nine people, one after another, explain why they thought they had made a mistake in seeking gender-affirming care. Their testimony was painful to listen to as each told their story.

As the parent of a transgender child for whom gender-affirming care saved her life, nothing in their stories resonated with my family’s experience. My child has not been abused or assaulted. My child did not immediately receive gender-affirming hormones. Instead, everything we have experienced has been thoughtful, deliberate, and informed.

While I’m sorry for the nine people who think they made a mistake, that doesn’t negate the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association of Clinical Endocrinology, and World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Instead of relying on the judgment of these major medical associations, the Board of Medicine decided on November 4 to begin the process of developing rules prohibiting Florida doctors from providing gender-affirming medical treatment to minors with gender dysphoria (a feeling of alienation from some or all of the physical characteristics or social roles of the assigned gender, which may cause distress).

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