Alabama governor signs bill criminalizing transgender health care for minors

Alabama is the third state in the country to pass a restriction on gender-affirming care for minors — though it’s the first to include criminal penalties. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed two bills Friday that target transgender young people and classroom discussion of LGBTQ identities. One of the bills makes it a felony for medical […]

‘Biological males’ should not be competing in women’s sports, Boris Johnson says

Boris Johnson has said “biological males” should not be competing in women’s sports, amid controversy over two elite transgender athletes seeking to take part in cycling and swimming events. The prime minister accepted the debate on the rights of trans people presents “complex issues” and his opinions may put him “in conflict” with many in […]

Sexual Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation

Children may also be victims of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. ### Definition of Sexual Abuse Forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts. They may include […]

WHO Calls Down Syndrome A ‘Severe Birth Defect,’ Blasted By Parents Of Special Needs Children

The World Health Organization (WHO) received fierce criticism for calling Down syndrome a “severe birth defect.” In a blog post discussing “World Birth Defects Day,” the WHO explained that birth defects take “a significant toll on individuals, families, health care systems and societies.” Congenital heart defects, neural tube defects, and hemoglobin disorders were featured alongside Down syndrome. […]

Utah governor says he’ll veto transgender youth sports ban

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said that he plans to veto legislation passed Friday that would ban transgender student-athletes from competing in girls sports. Without his support, Utah is unlikely to join the 11 states, all Republican-led, that have recently enacted bans on transgender girls wanting to compete in school sports […]

Sexualization of Young Children Linked to Eating Disorder Development

As early exposure to themes of sex becomes the norm, children of younger ages are expressing discontent with their physical appearance. Results from a recent survey suggest that children rank body image among the highest of their concerns, above both self-confidence and social life. Recent research also suggests that nearly 50 percent of femalesbetween ages 11 and 16 would consider […]

Nation’s Largest Pediatric Hospital Stops Hormone Therapy Due to Abbott ‘Child-Abuse’ Probes

The nation’s largest pediatric hospital has paused hormone therapies due to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s recent executive order authorizing child abuse probes into parents and doctors who facilitate gender-transition surgeries or hormone treatments for children. “The mission of Texas Children’s Hospital is to create a healthier future for all children, including transgender children, within the bounds of […]