This week, Arkansas became the first state to ban gender confirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth, and the move is being met with swift backlash from Hollywood.
The measure, which prohibits doctors from providing gender-confirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under 18 years old, was initially vetoed by Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson. Pleas from pediatricians, social workers and the parents of transgender youth flooded in saying the measure would harm a community already at risk. The ban was opposed by several medical and child welfare groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics. The bill also prohibits doctors from referring transgender patients to other providers for treatment.
But on Tuesday, the Republican-controlled House and Senate voted to override Hutchinson’s veto and are working to get the measure enacted this summer.
Maines was quickly joined by her castmates in condemning the bill.
This will hurt kids. You should all be ashamed. https://t.co/awnkw0tpoa
— Nicole Maines (@NicoleAMaines) April 7, 2021
— Chyler Leigh (@chy_leigh) April 7, 2021
Elected Republicans think that they can win politically by denying the basic humanity of trans people.
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) April 7, 2021
This is sickening. https://t.co/N2cIF0t6X2
— Eric Carrasco (@erictcarrasco) April 7, 2021
Supergirl herself, Melissa Benoist, also spoke out against the bill, reposting Maines’ words to her Instagram story on Wednesday.
Along with the “Supergirl” cast, trans celebrities including Chaz Bono and Jamie Clayton posted their objections to the move.
“I’m disgusted that today Arkansas Legislators passed a bill denying trans youth, trans healthcare,” Bono tweeted. “In pandering to your base, you’re not only going against the medical professionals, you’re condemning trans youth to a fate that, unfortunately, some will find worse than death.”
I’m disgusted that today Arkansas Legislators passed a bill denying trans youth, trans healthcare. In pandering to your base, you’re not only going against the medical professionals, you’re condemning trans youth to a fate that, unfortunately, some will find worse than death.
— Chaz Bono (@ChazBono) April 6, 2021
I’m at a complete loss with what’s happening in #Arkansas. It’s so sad how many people are unwilling to listen and learn when it comes to trans issues. Ugh. Those poor kids can’t even get medical care now. WTF.
— Jamie Clayton (@MsJamieClayton) April 7, 2021
The commitment to have control over other people’s bodies is a commitment that only only white men can still pull off. https://t.co/qS1cbmBREd
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) April 6, 2021
Unthinkable cruelty https://t.co/W7DfR48u1U
— Victoria Aveyard (@VictoriaAveyard) April 7, 2021
This is so vile that I don’t even have words for it. But this GOP legislature -likely so concerned with religion – just secured a spot in hell. https://t.co/g9xQ744bgW
— Jodi Picoult (@jodipicoult) April 6, 2021