United States: The Supreme Court on Monday entered the legal battle over the rights of trans individuals to sue state laws that prohibit doctors from providing gender-affirming care to minors, accepting the Biden administration’s request to put on hold such laws. 

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This comes after numerous Republican-led states have passed some restrictions that pertain to health care for trans people, participation of students of the transgender category in school sporting events, use of washrooms, as well as the banning of drag shows. 

The current administration and the Democratic-governed states have sought to expand the scope of protection for transgender individuals in society through the previous addition of the new federal regulation regarding the protection of Transgender students, as US News reported. 

The case in the high court will be regarding a law in the state of Tennessee that banned puberty blockers and hormone therapy for trans young people. 

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Gender-Affirming Care State Bans. Credit | AP
Supreme Court to Hear Case on Gender-Affirming Care State Bans. Credit | AP

The federal appeals court in Cincinnati permitted state laws in Tennessee and Kentucky to be implemented after these had been halted by lower courts. 

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According to the lawyers representing the transgender teens in Tennessee while explaining to the justices, “Without this Court’s prompt intervention, transgender youth and their families will remain in limbo, uncertain of whether and where they can access needed medical care,” as US News reported. 

Moreover, the actor Elliot Page, who is famous for being Oscar-nominated star of “Juno,” “Inception” and “The Umbrella Academy,” was among the other 56 transgender persons who participated in legal filing to support the Supreme Court review. The arguments would take place in the fall. 

States banning gender-affirming medical care  

Last month, South Carolina joined the latest group of 25 states that passed a law to ban or limit gender-affirming health care for trans-identified children and adolescents, despite such care having been in practice in the US for over a decade and being approved by many professional organizations. 

However, the majority of the states impose restrictions, and most of them are challenged. The justices had permitted Idaho to generally enforce its restrictions earlier after those were prevented by the lower courts, as US News reported. 

Currently, at least 24 states have some legislation that prevents transgender women and girls from participating in some female or girls’ sports events. 

A minimum of 11 states have implemented laws that prohibit transgender girls and women from using the women’s washrooms in public schools, even in other government institutions. 

It formally has only rarely addressed transgender issues at all to the nation’s highest court. In 2020, the justices decided that a major civil rights law protecting gays, lesbians, and transgender from employment discrimination. 

In 2016, the court commenced hearing a case of a Transgender student with the support of the Obama administration over the rights of a student to use the washrooms, which the state of Virginia restricted by permitting him to use only the boys’ washrooms when he was in his Virginia high school. 


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