NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – Children’s gender transition quickly went from a boiling pot to a powder keg in Tennessee. On both sides of the aisle, people are in love.
“Transgender care meets people where they are, gets to know people for who they are,” said Dahron Johnson.
Johnson is transgender.
“Why is it so important that you do something that is potentially harmful, irreversible, maiming, potentially, before they reach the age of 18?” Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) said, on the opposite side of the debate.
A conservative commentator posted a series of tweets Tuesday accusing Vanderbilt University Medical Center of opening his transgender clinic as a money-making scheme.
He too tweeted that he met with Majority Leaders William Lamberth (R-Portland) and Johnson to discuss possible legislation to ban gender transition for children.
“We’re still looking at options in terms of what the legislation might look like,” said Leader Johnson. “We certainly want to talk to doctors, we want to talk to people who are dealing with these kinds of issues. We want contributions.”
The entire process, from the commentator’s tweets to the legislation being drafted, has drawn criticism from people on the other side of the issue.
“Care that supports the well-being and health of any of us is vital care, good care, necessary care,” said Dahron Johnson.
Governor Bill Lee (R-Tennessee) also released a statement Tuesday, saying in part: ‘We have to protect the children of Tennessee, and this deserves a full investigation.’
Johnson leader tweeted support for said investigation, so News 2 asked which law he thought was violated.
“The exposure that was released by the Daily Wire revealed a number of things,” said leader Johnson. “Not only do we have a prominent medical facility here in the Nashville area that is performing these irreversible procedures on younger children, but it also exposed that they were proudly doing it in the interest of profit.”
The potential legislation he and Lamberth plan to introduce cannot be voted on until at least the next session, which begins in early 2023.
Several other parties released statements after the controversy. the ACLU doomed Lee and lawmakers for targeting people who are already at risk for depression and mental health issues.
On the other hand, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) applauded Lee’s efforts and released a statement saying she sent a letter to the FDA, ‘asking them for prompt responses on the harmful use of puberty blockers in children.’
Source : www.wkrn.com