By Guy Page
A bill introduced by a freshman Progressive Tanya Vyhovsky (Essex) and Winooski Rep. Taylor Small (Progressive/Democrat), who identifies as transgender, would allow a minor to receive medical treatment for transgender conversion without parental consent.
H659 “proposes to allow a minor who identifies as transgender to consent to receiving hormone blockers and other nonsurgical, gender-affirming care and treatment without requiring
The bill cites information from the Trevor Project that 42% of LGBTQ youth considered suicide in 2021, and that transgender conversion therapy reduced the likelihood of teen suicide.
The bill contains no age limit. “Consent under this section shall not be subject to disaffirmance due to minority of the individual providing consent. The consent of the individual’s parent or guardian shall not be necessary to authorize the minor’s access to legally authorized nonsurgical, gender-affirming care or treatment,” the bill says.
H659 was introduced into the House Jan. 18 and referred to the House Committee on Human Services. The other sponsors are Elizabeth Burrows (Windsor), Brian Cina, Selene Colburn, Barabara Rachelson, and Emma Mulvaney-Stanak of Burlington, Mari Cordes (Bristol), Katherine Donnally (Hyde Park), and Heather Surprenant (Barnard). Except for Cordes and Donnally, who are Democrats, all are listed as Progressives or Democrat/Progressives.