This Valentine’s Day, South Carolinians have the chance to show our love and support for transgender youth and their families.
A bill that would ban medically necessary care for transgender youth, H. 4624, will receive a subcommittee hearing from the Senate Medical Affairs Committee on Wednesday, February 14, at 10 a.m. in Room 308 of the Gressette Office Building (1101 Pendleton St., Columbia).
Here are some ways you can show your support for transgender South Carolinians:
- Show up to the hearing in Columbia on Wednesday morning if you can make it. If you are willing and able, the committee will be accepting public testimonies of up to 2 minutes in length. A signup sheet will be available in the conference room.
- Submit written testimony by Monday, February 12, at 12 noon to firstname.lastname@example.org with "H. 4624" in the subject line.
- Since it’s Valentine’s Day after all: Write a short Valentine to transgender South Carolinians via this form from our coalition partners at SC United for Justice & Equality, and we’ll deliver it to the senators on the Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee.
For the latest on this bill, check our Legislation page for H. 4624. The South Carolina House of Representatives already voted to advance this bill in January, so the Senate could be our last chance to stop this bill.
We were able to stop similar legislation from becoming law in 2023, even as every state in our region ramped up draconian anti-LGBTQ laws. We have not given up hope for 2024.