South Carolina wants to ban lifesaving medical treatments for trans kids. It’s part of a bigger push around the country.

Trans children have been in the national spotlight in recent weeks, with the governor of Texas stepping in to try to stop a mother from allowing her child to transition. And last Wednesday, South Carolina legislators joined in with a bill that would ban a variety of medical treatments for trans children in our state.

The bill, called the Youth Gender Reassignment Prevention Act, prohibits doctors from performing any “gender reassignment medical treatment” on a person under 18. Proposed by state Rep. Stewart Jones, a Republican, the bill isn’t just about surgery, which is uncommon for patients under 18 in any case. It would also ban hormones and puberty blockers, a reversible treatment that stops the physical changes associated with puberty. And it would prohibit doctors from performing “interventions to alleviate symptoms of clinically significant distress resulting from gender dysphoria,” or conflict between a person’s assigned gender and their gender identity.

Time For South Carolina To Pass A Hate Crimes Bill​ that include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Federal statistics show hate crimes in South Carolina are increasing. Those stats also appear to highlight the fact that this state doesn’t have a hate crime law.

From 2013 to 2017, hate crimes reported in South Carolina increased by 70 percent, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The number of S.C. agencies reporting hate crimes increased from 39 to 46 in those years.

Transgender student bathroom bill coming back before Kentucky lawmakers in 2020. South Carolina could face a semilar bill once again in 2020

A state representative wants students to use school facilities based on their biological sexes at birth in a bill he prefiled Thursday, reviving an issue that has been dormant in Kentucky’s General Assembly for about a year.

SC Equality says Defense Authorization Bill Should Have Ended Trans Ban

SC Equality denounced an agreement between Democrats and Republicans on the annual defense bill that omits a reversal of President Donald Trump’s transgender military ban.

Not present in the final compromise version of the fiscal 2020 defense bill is a measure to repeal restrictions on transgender people serving in the military. A coalition of eight LGBT organizations criticized its omission Tuesday.


South Carolina could be the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), entering a guarantee of equal rights for women into the U.S. Constitution almost 100 years after its introduction.

First introduced by Alice Paul in 1923, and originally passed by Congress in 1972, only 37 states ratified the ERA, missing the needed number of states by only one. Although an extended deadline for the state-by-state process of ratification of the amendment expired in 1983, the House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of a resolution in November to remove any deadlines for the ERA.