TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — More than 40 states have introduced legislation gender- affirming medical, just this year. And today a protest against the legislation was held in Terre Haute.
“People honking as they go by, it’s really nice to know that there’s support in our town,” Will Hampton said.
This was the scene, earlier Friday outside the Vigo county courthouse. Indiana’s republican general assembly is advancing a measure to ban virtually all gender-affirming medical care for minors in the state.
The house voted Monday to approve the bill, which already cleared the senate. The bill now heads to Governor Holcomb who hasn’t said publicly if he’ll sign it. If he does, minors in the state won’t be allowed to access hormone therapies or puberty blockers.
We heard from a couple of people at today’s protest in opposition to the bill.
“We shouldn’t be out here fighting for our right to live, and it really helps that there are people here that are supporting us and that we know that we can rely on,” Danny Rader said.
“Educate yourself, support the trans, talk to the kids, just be there for them. And stop hating,” Marco Bonch said.
Those in opposition to the bill say those types of treatment are often life-saving for trans youth. But those in support of the legislation have questioned the safety and reversibility of those treatments.