Anti-Trans Bills Advance; Trans Journalists Weigh In On Covering The Community : Consider This from NPR This week Arkansas became the first state to outlaw gender-affirming health care for transgender youth, as the state legislature overrode a veto by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Hutchinson tells NPR why he opposed the bill, which will become law later this summer.

Dr. Joshua Safer, the executive director at Mount Sinai's Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, explains why gender-affirming therapies — such as puberty blockers or hormone treatment — are safe and healthy for trans youth.

Misconceptions about trans people can be shaped by who tells their stories. Three trans journalists weigh in on how that should be done:

Imara Jones is the creator of TransLash Media.
Kate Sosin is a reporter at The 19th.
Orion Rummler is a reporter at Axios.

In participating regions, you'll also hear from local journalists about what's happening in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

As Anti-Trans Bills Advance, Trans Journalists Weigh In On 'Privilege' Of Reporting

As Anti-Trans Bills Advance, Trans Journalists Weigh In On 'Privilege' Of Reporting

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Apologies — and even opposition from Republican governors — are not enough to stop the wave of anti-trans bills passing through state legislatures around the country. Outside the Alabama State House, demonstrators gathered to draw attention to anti-transgender legislation introduced at the end of March. Julie Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

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Apologies — and even opposition from Republican governors — are not enough to stop the wave of anti-trans bills passing through state legislatures around the country. Outside the Alabama State House, demonstrators gathered to draw attention to anti-transgender legislation introduced at the end of March.

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This week Arkansas became the first state to outlaw gender-affirming health care for transgender youth, as the state legislature overrode a veto by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Hutchinson tells NPR why he opposed the bill, which will become law later this summer.

Dr. Joshua Safer, the executive director at Mount Sinai's Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery, explains why gender-affirming therapies — such as puberty blockers or hormone treatment — are safe and healthy for trans youth.

Misconceptions about trans people can be shaped by who tells their stories. Three trans journalists weigh in on how that should be done:

Imara Jones is the creator of TransLash Media.
Kate Sosin is a reporter at The 19th.
Orion Rummler is a reporter at Axios.

In participating regions, you'll also hear from local journalists about what's happening in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brent Baughman, Brianna Scott and Lee Hale. It was edited by Sami Yenigun with help from Wynne Davis and Arnie Seipel. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.