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Legislation in Idaho, Texas raising concerns for Seattle pediatrician, transgender patients

People at a rally. A person holds a sign that says Protect Trans Kids.
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AP Images for Human Rights Campaign
LGBTQ advocates rally at the Texas State Capitol on May 4, 2021, to stop proposed medical care ban legislation that would criminalize gender-affirming care.

Legislators in more than 20 states have introduced bills that would ban or criminalize gender-affirming care for trans kids.

But news from Texas has gotten the most attention. Gov. Greg Abbott has directed the state’s Department of Protective and Family Services to start investigating families with trans children for child abuse. There is a lawsuit, but these investigations are being allowed to continue.

Gina Sequeira
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Gina Sequeira

Gina Sequeira is a pediatrician and co-director of Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic. Sequeira says that she started working with trans kids because, as a young queer person, she had many bad interactions with doctors and wanted to be part of the solution.

She’s also a Texan, but her immediate concern is legislation in the Idaho House that would impact some of her patients.

Sequeira sat down with KNKX's Vivian McCall to discuss gender-affirming care, her experiences working with transgender youths, and bills in Idaho and Texas.

Click the "Listen" button above to listen to the conversation.