Equality Florida Responds to AHCA Report on Treatment of Gender Dysphoria

Equality Florida Responds to AHCA Report on Treatment of Gender Dysphoria

Florida Doubles Down on Debunked Guidance

Tallahassee, FL —  On June 2, 2022, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration released a “Generally Accepted Professional Medical Standards” report regarding the treatment of gender dysphoria, building upon an earlier Florida Department of Health guidance opposing transition affirming care for minors.  Equality Florida responded to the prior Florida Department of Health guidance, which has been debunked by experts.  This follows a pattern of anti-LGBTQ actions by Governor Ron DeSantis perpetuated during June, widely acknowledged as Pride Month.  

Equality Florida responds:  

“Governor DeSantis’ administration is once again using Pride month to target the LGBTQ community,” said Equality Florida Public Policy Director Jon Harris Maurer. "This time it is a crusade to deny Floridians their freedom to access healthcare. Governor DeSantis’ agencies have misrepresented findings and distorted data to advance a political agenda, rather than relying on good science. This is yet another state agency being used to launch an overt attack on transgender Floridians.  The transgender community, like all people, shouldn’t have their access to basic, medically necessary, and often life-saving care stripped away by extremist politicians hoping to stoke right-wing fervor. Florida should put public health over politics.”


Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Through education, grassroots organizing, coalition building, and lobbying, we are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.


 Equality Florida, “Equality Florida Join Families and Advocates of Transgender Youth to Condemn Signing of Transgender Youth Sports Ban” (June 1, 2021) available at https://eqfl.org/index.php/news/gov-signs-trans-sports-ban,

Equality Florida, “LGBTQ Groups Blast Governor DeSantis for Stripping ALL funding for LGBTQ Programs from State Budget” (June 2, 2021) available at https://eqfl.org/index.php/press-release-lgbtq-groups-blast-governor-desantis-stripping-all-funding-lgbtq-programs-state.


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