GLAD has signed onto a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief filed by Lambda Legal and National Women’s Law Center at the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Plaintiffs-Appellees challenging the Arkansas Health Care Ban HB 1570. The law blocked all access for transgender adolescents who suffer from gender dysphoria to medically necessary and often lifesaving gender affirming medical care.

HB 1570 prohibits healthcare professionals from providing or even referring transgender young people for medically necessary health care. Doctors who provide medically necessary care to trans youth would risk losing their licenses and be subject to lawsuits by individuals and the state.

Read the brief here.