Following a key vote from the Ohio Senate, a ban on medically necessary healthcare is soon set to take effect in Ohio. The new law bans the initiation of gender-affirming care for people under the age of 18, including puberty blockers, gender-affirming hormone therapy, and surgery.
The bill provides an exception for youth under the age of 18 who have been residents of Ohio since the bill’s effective date and started receiving gender-affirming care in Ohio prior to that effective date (April 23, 2024). These youth can continue to receive hormone replacement therapy and puberty-delaying medication from a provider in Ohio. Please note that this exception excludes youth who may have been receiving gender-affirming care in Ohio prior to the effective date of the bill but who are not residents of Ohio.
The Campaign for Southern Equality is working with Equality Ohio, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, and TransOhio to provide resources and information to impacted families. Please use this form below to request more information.
Resource Guide About HB68
We know this is a very challenging time filled with many questions. We have developed a resource guide with up-to-date information and concrete resources about the law and how families can get support.
Emergency Grants & Patient Navigation for Impacted Families
Through the Southern Trans Youth Emergency Project, we are helping families in Ohio and surrounding states navigate the passage of HB68. We can help you identify medical providers in and out of state, answer questions about the law, and provide resources. We can also provide a rapid response emergency grant of $500 to help parents and caregivers to youth who would be directly impacted by HB68 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.
Attend a Community Town Hall About HB68
Community advocates in Ohio, Kentucky, and beyond are coming together for a virtual event focused on helping families navigate the landscape of gender-affirming care while feeling supported and uplifted by their communities. Please join us Thursday, January 25 from 6:00-7:00pm ET for this special event. The event is being hosted by Equality Ohio, Fairness Campaign, the Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Kentucky Health Justice Network, TransOhio, and the Campaign for Southern Equality.
Digital Toolkit to Spread the Word
It is critical that we get the word out to families and young people about resources that are available, including support identifying in-state and out-of-state care and emergency funding. Thank you for helping to share information with your networks. Please use these templates to share information with your email lists, social media networks, and in-person community spaces.
Send a Message About These Resources
This form is intended for transgender individuals (especially those under the age of 18) and their parents/caretakers who would be impacted by the passage of HB68 which prohibits the initiation of transgender-related healthcare for non-Ohio residents in Ohio for people under the age of 18 after April 2024. After filling out this form, a representative of Campaign for Southern Equality will reach out to you via email or phone and begin assisting you.