Controversial Anti-Trans Bill in Alabama is Stopped
Time ran out before the controversial SB10, proposed by senator Shay Shelnutt, could be voted on Monday, May 17.
SB10 would make it a Class C felony for physicians to provide gender affirming care to minors in Alabama. Even administering puberty blockers would have led medical professionals to face up to 10 years in prison or a $15,000 fine.
It is a victory worth celebrating, but this type of anti-trans legislation is nothing new in Alabama, and it won’t be the last in a round of similar bills. Less than a month ago, Alabama Governor Ivey signed HB1, a bill that prevents transgender student athletes from participating in sports that align with their gender identity.
Alabama has a long way to go when it comes to equality for the trans community and LGBTQ+ people overall. It was only this year that Alabama’s sex education laws removed material stating that homosexuality is illegal and unacceptable.
The Knights & Orchids Society’s Arts & Communications Director, TC Caldwell states, “Alabama lawmakers have a lot of work to do to when it comes to protecting the trans community, particularly, trans youth. These bills send a harmful message to the world about the lack of equality that they should just accept, and it’s unfair for trans kids to have their rights violated so early in life. Despite what legislation says, we are moving forward in our work to protect and champion trans kids in Alabama.”