Right now, Louisianians are grappling with the passage of HB648, legislation that prohibits gender-affirming healthcare in Louisiana for people under the age of 18; including gender-affirming surgery, hormone therapy, and puberty blockers. The law permits a “tapering off period” for youth who have begun treatment prior to January 1, 2024, during which their treatment is supposed to be reduced and discontinued. This period ends on December 31, 2024.
Youth can still access mental health care, which is not restricted or banned by this law.
Additionally, the law does not say that people cannot leave Louisiana and access care in states where it is legal to do so, and a court would likely agree that it is unconstitutional to block people from traveling to other states.
The Campaign for Southern Equality is working with partners in Louisiana, including Louisiana Trans Advocates and The Reproductive Justice Action Collective (ReJAC) to provide resources and information to impacted families. Please use the form below to request more information and we will be in touch.
Resource Guide to Prepare for HB648
We know this is a very challenging time filled with many questions. This resource guide is designed to provide up-to-date information and concrete resources to help transgender youth continue accessing healthcare. We will update this guide as more information and resources become available.
Emergency Grants for Impacted Families
The Campaign for Southern Equality, in partnership with Louisiana Trans Advocates and The Reproductive Justice Action Collective (ReJAC), is facilitating rapid response emergency grants of $500 to help those impacted by HB648 during this challenging time. Grants can be made to the parent/caregiver of an impacted youth. To learn more about these grants and to request one, fill out the form below.