Flood of anti-transgender legislation takes mental health toll on population

By Eileen Weber
July 3rd, 2023
Jonah DeChants
Jonah DeChants, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist at The Trevor Project.

Study: One in three report poor mental health often or always

Republicans have launched a series of legislative efforts limiting transgender youth to access healthcare, play sports, and use certain bathrooms. In May, Oklahoma’s governor signed legislation making gender-affirming care for minors a felony. In many cases, GOP leaders claim these bills are meant to protect the children from damaging “liberal indoctrination.”

Boston University’s Project AVANT (Advancing Voices of Adolescents Identifying as Non-Binary and Transgender) surveyed hundreds of transgender and gender diverse youth specifically about their mental health, perception of school belonging, and available support systems.

The study followed these students over a peri...

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