Statement of Opposition of Kansas SB 233
Upon recent efforts by lawmakers to restrict gender-affirming access to Kansans aged 21 years and under, the Kansas Art Therapy Association has a duty to speak out against the harmful Kansas SB233 and similar drafts of legislation in Kansas and across the United States. Gender-affirming care encompasses many facets of healthcare including medical, surgical, non-surgical, mental health, and psychosocial services for transgender and and/or gender nonbinary (TGNB) individuals. This bill would take away life-saving resources from TGNB youth and young adults, which is especially concerning after data released from The Trevor Project, an American nonprofit organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQIA+ youth, found that 54% of TGNB youth seriously considered suicide and 29% of TGNB youth attempted suicide in 2019 (The Trevor Project, 2020). The Kansas Art Therapy Association, along with other major medical and mental health organizations such as the American Medical Association (AMA), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Psychological Association (APA), believe that decisions regarding gender-affirming care should be decided upon by the TGNB individual, their parents/guardians (for TGNB youth), and their medical providers.
--Kansas Art Therapy Association
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