- THE BLAZE - CHRIS PANDOLFO - APR 20, 2022 -
Florida's Department of Health on Wednesday released guidance that said puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones should not be used to treat gender dysphoria in children, contesting claims made by the Biden administration.
The guidance was issued amid intense national debate over the best treatment for children who identify as transgender. A controversial law recently enacted in Alabama made it a felony to prescribe or administer puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones to individuals younger than 19 and has been challenged in court. In Texas, a judge has blocked an order by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott that equated such treatments with "child abuse" and ordered state agencies to investigate providers of transgender medical care as criminals.
In a statement on "Transgender Day of Visibility," President Joe Biden attacked "the onslaught of anti-transgender state laws" and told parents that "affirming your child's identity is one of the most powerful things you can do to keep them safe."
The clinical definition of gender dysphoria is "significant distress that a person may feel when sex or gender assigned at birth is not the same as their identity.”
Florida's DOH said Wednesday that "current evidence does not support the use of puberty blockers, hormone treatments or surgical procedures for children and adolescents” experiencing gender dysphoria. A news release from the agency cited a study from the International Review of Psychiatry that found 80% of those who identify as transgender and seek clinical care will lose their desire to identify with their non-birth sex.