Kentucky Disgraces Itself
It’s really awfully bad:
The law, which began as a fairly narrow bill but steadily grew into a much larger package of restrictions, specifically bans surgeries, puberty blockers and hormone therapy for children under 18. It also forbids school districts from requiring or recommending that students be referred to by pronouns that “do not conform to a student’s biological sex as indicated on the student’s original, unedited birth certificate.”
The law also compels doctors to cease treating patients who are undergoing gender-transition care, adding that if physicians deem that ceasing treatment is likely to “harm the minor,” they may set a time frame to “systematically” phase out treatment.
In addition to the new rules governing transgender youth, the law also puts limits on what can be discussed in schools, requiring schools to give notice to parents about any program on the subject of sexuality, barring teaching on sexuality below the sixth-grade level and banning lessons at any grade level about gender identity or sexual orientation.
Kudos to Beshear for vetoing this monstrosity but against large super-majorities there was no hope. Much will depend on implementation and enforcement (it will be hard to enforce the school district measures in Lexington and Louisville, but gender transition and care is probably gone across the state), but it’s all awfully bad. This is why local elections matter, folks.