The Threat

On Tuesday, February 12th 2020, Ohio Representatives Ron Hood and Bill Dean announced their intention to introduce what they are calling the “Vulnerable Children Protection Act.”

This bill does not help vulnerable children; it creates them.

It would:

  • Prohibit medical care for Ohio youth experiencing gender dysphoria
  • Turn doctors who provide medical care to transgender youth into criminals
  • Establish a 20-year statute of limitations on a civil course of action against doctors who treat transgender children
  • And more

This is the most extreme attack on transgender people in Ohio in recent memory. It is not based on medical knowledge, but ignorance about how young people experiencing gender dysmorphia are treated. Current medical practices only delay puberty until young people are old enough to make decisions about their lived gender.

Help us fight this by taking an action!

Are you a health care professional? Add your name in support.

Sign on here.

Tell your Representative to NOT co-sponsor the “Protect Vulnerable Children Act.”

Call after 5 to get voicemail.

Are you a parent or caretaker of a transgender child?

Like all children, transgender children need love and support. The Protect Vulnerable Children Act threatens the safety and well-being of trans children across Ohio. We need parents to be ambassadors and speak up about how trans children thrive when supported. Supportive families lead to decreased instances of homelessness, depression, anxiety and suicide amongst trans youth. That is why it is important to affirm your child’s gender identity and advocate for the care they need.

Can we count on you to help us in our fight against a Trans Medical Ban in Ohio? Please join our parents group by emailing info@equalityohio.org.

Write a letter to your paper.

Writing a Letter to the Editor (LTE) is an effective way to reach a larger audience, beyond just the people you know. If you are passionate about an issue, an LTE, can help ignite that passion in other community members, and influence them to take action.

Each newspaper will have varying word count limits for LTEs, but generally it is a good idea to aim for under 250 words for local and regional newspapers, and under 150 words for national newspapers. 

Write a letter from your own perspective and stick to a single point. As you write, make sure to remain respectful and refrain from attacking or name-calling. This may alienate those who are unsure of their feelings on the issue. It is also vital to include the name of your elected official in your letter to show them that you, their constituent, care about the issue at hand. Find your elected officials here.

Generally, it is best to structure your letter in three parts: 

  • Introduce readers to both yourself and the topic at hand and state your position on the matter. For example: I am the mother of a transgender child and I believe transgender children deserve love and support and affirmation of their identity, not the banning of their necessary medical care. 
  • Provide reasons for your stance and refute claims made by those who disagree with your stance with facts. 
  • End your letter with a call to action. For example, you can ask that readers call their representative in the House and ask that their rep not support Protect Vulnerable Children Act.

Ohio News

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1 Ada Ada Herald www.adaherald.com Weekly
2 Ada Ada Icon www.adaicon.com Digital Only
3 Akron Akron Beacon Journal www.ohio.com Daily
4 Akron Akron Legal News www.akronlegalnews.com Daily
5 Alliance The Alliance Review www.the-review.com Daily
6 Antwerp West Bend News www.westbendnews.net Weekly
7 Archbold Archbold Buckeye www.archboldbuckeye.com Weekly
8 Archbold Farmland News www.farmlandnews.com Weekly
9 Ashland Times-Gazette www.times-gazette.com Daily
10 Ashtabula Star Beacon www.starbeacon.com Daily
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