Do Not Ban Medical Intervention for Transgender People

Target: Jeff Colyer, Governor of Kansas

Goal: Overturn resolution that invalidates transgender identity and denies medical intervention to transgender people.

The Republican Party of Kansas has approved a discriminatory anti-trans resolution, preventing transgender people from receiving any sort of medical intervention and invalidating their gender identity. This is the latest in a disturbing trend of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ legislation all across the country in the past year. As Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD, states, “This trend is continuing into 2018, and some of the worst bills support religious exceptions that codify discrimination into law, aim to erase trans people or bar them from public accommodations, and attack transgender young people.”

The resolution passed in Kansas is called “Regarding Human Sexual Identity.” It opposes “all efforts to validate transgender identity,” and argues that “God’s design for gender is determined by biological sex and not by self-perception.” Eric Teetsel, who proposed the resolution, claims that it was “motivated by love” and what he describes as Christian principles, but this hateful resolution goes out of its way to stand against the identity of transgender people, and to deny them any medical options for help, from hormone therapy to surgery. Sign below to demand that transgender rights be respected and protected, and that this discriminatory resolution be discarded.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Colyer,

The resolution entitled “Regarding Human Sexual Identity” is a prejudiced and unacceptable violation of human rights. While the resolution claims that it “recognizes the dignity of every human being, including those who identify as LGBT,” this is clearly not the case. Transgender people are human beings as well, and their dignity cannot possibly be respected while “all efforts to validate transgender identity” are opposed.

This resolution denying transgender people any option for medical intervention is an enforcement of discrimination and oppression. These people have a right to their identities and to medical care. The resolution encourages hate, fear, and violence toward the LGBTQ community, who have already been facing an increase in anti-LGBTQ sentiment and legislation. This cannot be allowed to continue. I urge you to stop trampling over the basic human rights of trans people, and to overturn this dangerous and hateful resolution.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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