Florida releases new guidance on gender dysphoria treatment for children, teenagers

The Florida Department of Health released new guidance about gender dysphoria treatment for children and teenagers.

Here are the new guidelines:

  • Social gender transition should not be a treatment option for children or adolescents.
  • Anyone under 18 should not be prescribed puberty blockers or hormone therapy.
  • Gender reassignment surgery should not be a treatment option for children or adolescents.
  • Based on the currently available evidence, “encouraging mastectomy, ovariectomy, uterine extirpation, penile disablement, tracheal shave, the prescription of hormones which are out of line with the genetic make-up of the child, or puberty blockers, are all clinical practices which run an unacceptably high risk of doing harm.”
  • Children and adolescents should be provided social support by peers and family and seek counseling from a licensed provider.

Health leaders said Sweden, Finland, France and the United Kingdom are reviewing, reevaluating, stopping, or advising caution on the treatment of gender dysphoria in children and adolescents.

See more about the new guidance below.

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