NC Bill Would Force Teachers To Notify Parents If A Child Displays “Gender Nonconformity”

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A bill introduced by three Republican lawmakers in North Carolina that would bar doctors from performing gender confirmation surgeries for transgender people under age 21 would also force state employees to notify parents if their child displays “gender nonconformity.”

Via NBC News:

The legislation follows a nationwide trend of GOP-controlled state legislatures looking to limit treatments for transgender adolescents. Unlike other states, however, North Carolina would classify adults between the ages of 18 and 21 as minors under the “Youth Health Protection Act.”

Medical professionals who facilitate a transgender person’s desire to present themselves or appear in a way that is inconsistent with their biological sex could have their license revoked and face civil fines of up to $1,000 per occurrence. The measure bars doctors from providing gender confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery.

Senate Bill 514 would also compel state employees to immediately notify parents in writing if their child displays “gender nonconformity” or expresses a desire to be treated in a way that is incompatible with the gender they were assigned at birth. LGBTQ advocates fear the bill would out people under 21 who tell state workers that they may be transgender.

The report noted that the bill has virtually no chance of becoming law, even though Republicans hold the majority in both the state House and Senate.

 Senate leader Phil Berger was not immediately available for comment on whether he supports the measure and wants it to go to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.

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