The Washington Post

Gender-treatment ban for minors takes effect


Mississipp­i Gov. Tate Reeves (R) signed a bill Tuesday to ban gender-affirming hormones or surgery in the state for anyone younger than 18, part of a broad effort in conservati­ve states to restrict transgende­r athletes, gender-affirming care and drag shows.

Reeves, who is running for reelection this year, said “radical activists” are telling children they are in the wrong bodies and are “just a surgery away from happiness.”

“This is truly scary stuff that’s being pushed upon our kids and, yes, their loving parents,” Reeves said. “They’re being taken advantage of, all so some can push their warped view on gender or appear to be ‘woke’ for their friends.”

The new Mississipp­i law took effect immediatel­y. In 2021, Reeves signed a law to ban transgende­r athletes from competing in girls’ or women’s sports teams.

The Republican governors of South Dakota and Utah have signed bans on gender-affirming care this year, and the Republican governor of Tennessee is expected to do so. Judges have temporaril­y blocked similar laws in Arkansas and Alabama.

Reeves signed the Mississipp­i bill into law less than two weeks after transgende­r teenagers, their families and others who support them protested against the bill.

Across the United States this year, at least 150 bills targeting transgende­r people have been introduced, which is the highest in a single year, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

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