How One LGBTQ Teen Fought an Anti-Trans Bill, and Won

Quinncy Parke, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, teenager who identifies as non-binary stunned the State Legislature when speaking out to defeat a bill which was designed to penalize doctors for prescribing vital drugs to transgender children under the age of 16.

“Kids like me deserve the opportunity to consult with our doctors, our parents and our physicians to make the decisions that are right for us,” Quinncy said, suggesting that politicians were “creating a problem where there is none.

“Sometimes you need medication to not want to kill yourself.”

If there was any doubt before Quinncy’s testimony toward the inappropriateness of politicians making medical decisions, it was erased after those words were uttered.

Richard Hack is an award-winning author and journalist; and an outspoken advocate for equality in business and government, as well as neutrality in news media.

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