Ozone House will continue to be a place where transgender and gender nonconforming young people can find safety and celebration for who they are. Ozone House is committed to supporting with gender affirming best practices and validating the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming young people everywhere.
Last week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement stating that “licensed professionals” and “members of the general public” need to report the parents of transgender minors to state authorities if they think minors are receiving gender-affirming medical care. Texas Attorney General also released a legal opinion that minors receiving transition care such as puberty blockers, hormone therapy and surgery is abuse under state law.
Research from the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University shows that, “…gay and transgender youth who were rejected by their families because of their identity had much lower self-esteem. They had fewer people they could turn to for help. And they were more isolated than youth who were accepted by their families.”
At a time when there are over 270 anti-LGBTQ+ bills across the county, these statements put transgender young people’s care in jeopardy and set a precedent for legal action against parents. This is especially important because, “9% of transgender high school youth reported experiencing homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or guardian—a rate more than four times that of youth who did not identify as LGBTQ+.”
Ozone House strongly condemns these statements and stands behind transgender young people and their families. We work to build a community where ALL young people are safe, supported, celebrated and loved.
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