2/22/2016
SAHM has written a letter to the Governor of South Dakota, signed by President Michael Resnick, MD, in strong opposition of HB 1008, a bill that requires students to use the locker room corresponding to their birth sex. 
On behalf of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, I urge you to veto HB 1008.    The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) is a multidisciplinary organization committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents through advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, health service delivery, professional development and research.   Our organization consists of adolescent health and medical experts who have years of professional experience working with Trans and Gender Nonconforming (TGNC) youth.   We believe that all students deserve a safe school environment in which to learn.   HB 1008 sends a message that it is “ok” for TGNC students to be treated differently which can ultimately lead to stigmatization and harm (both physically and mentally) for these students.   Research data indicate that when any sexual minority student experiences this type of stigmatization, the result can be depression, substance abuse, school failure and even suicide. 

Read the full letter to Governor Daugaard, sign an online petition or write directly to the Governor's office.

 

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