Also.Also.Also: An Estimated 105,000 Trans Youth Live in States That Have Banned Gender-Affirming Care

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More Than 100,000 Trans Kids Live in States That Ban Gender-Affirming Care. According to a report by UCLA’s Williams Institute, it’s estimated that about a third of trans youth in the U.S. do not have access to gender-affirming care due to living in states where bans have gone into effect. The report looked at trans kids ages 13-17 and in addition to estimating how many have been impacted by restrictions on healthcare also estimates the number of trans teens impacted by bathroom bills, sports bans, and other anti-trans legislation that has been expanding in recent years across the country. According to the report, “over 500 anti-LGBTQ+ bills were introduced across the country this year, with over half impacting trans youth.”

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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