Position on Protecting Transgender Youth
The Mormon Mental Health Association (MMHA) is strongly opposed to the recent roll-back of protections for transgender students at public schools by the Departments of Education and Justice. The evidence of higher risks of suicide, bullying, and violence towards transgender individuals is well documented. We therefore strongly endorse protections for the rights of these youths to use facilities and public spaces that are consistent with their gender identity. Failing to do so will result in a higher likelihood of physical and emotional harm to these youth.
We regret that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has filed an amicus brief in favor of this roll-back and hope that the church will re-examine its position in light of the strong evidence of considerable harm that occurs when transgender youth are blocked from public spaces that are consistent with their gender identity.
April 3, 2017