A family relocates from Arkansas to support a trans teen despite the state’s ban on transition surgery.
After more than 15 years in Arkansas, one family has packed their belongings and relocated to New Mexico, where they can better support their 17-year-old son, following the state’s passage of legislation criminalizing transgender health care.
Anyone under the age of 18 is barred from receiving gender-affirming surgical or chemical therapies, such as hormones or puberty blockers, under the Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act. Furthermore, doctors are now at risk of losing their licenses if they treat a juvenile.
The act constituted a roadblock for the Spurrier family’s son’s health.
Cas Spurrier, 17, came out as transgender in 2019, according to George and Emily Spurrier of WDTN. To begin his testosterone therapy, he had a team of doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, and an endocrinologist.
When the SAFE Act went into force, the Spurrier family opted to leave Arkansas and go to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to avoid having Cas’ therapies halted until he reached 18.
“We have family and friends in New Mexico, a state that still respects the medical rights of transgender persons and the healthcare professionals who assist them,” the Spurriers stated on their GoFundMe page.
“His self-assurance and comfort have skyrocketed, and he appears to be overjoyed with his accomplishments thus far. They said on their fundraiser’s description, “He has gone from being on the point of suicide to excitement for his future.”
The Spurriers also told WDTN that they are relieved to be in a situation where their son feels more at ease and accepted.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the state of Arkansas on Tuesday in an attempt to stop the SAFE Act from taking effect.
“We are hearing from concerned families all throughout the state who are worried about the consequences of this bill and others like it,” Holly Dickson, executive director of the ACLU of Arkansas, said in a statement last month. We are dedicated to doing everything we can to assist these families and ensure that they are aware of how to continue to fight for their rights and obtain the attention and resources they require.”
“Regardless of what these politicians do or say, one thing remains constant: trans youth are adored. This is a condensed version of the information.