Florida Moves to Ban Sex Re-Assignment for Children, Biden Calls Ban ‘Sinful’

Florida Legislators voted on Monday to advance a bill that would ban sex reassignment for children by making the provision of ‘sex-change’ surgeries and hormones to minors a felony and preventing tax dollars from going towards such services for adults. President Biden then condemned the bill, calling it “sinful” and “cruel.”



The bill, sponsored by state senator Clay Yarborough, codifies the ban on puberty blockers, hormone therapies, or surgeries for children in Florida set by the state’s Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathic Medicine in November. While the board ban would remove the license of any medical practitioner engaging in such practices, the law would find them violating a third-degree felony. According to the Miami Herald, the bill’s original wording leveled a felony charge at anyone participating in the ‘sex-change’ of a child. Still, it was reworded on Friday to be exclusive to medical professionals.

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The initial wording of the bill also defined “subjecting or attempting to subject” a child to surgeries,  puberty blockers, and hormone therapies would be described as “serious physical harm” and taken into account during child custody cases between parents. The provision primarily responded to infamous cases in Texas or Canada where one parent wins custody of a child during a divorce and transitions them, despite the other parent’s stringent objections.

However, this portion of the bill was substituted for Flordia court discretion, guaranteeing their jurisdiction to decide child custody agreements “to the extent necessary to protect the child from being subjected to sex-reassignment prescriptions or procedures … in another state.”


Moreover, the bill prevents any “governmental entity” from spending tax dollars on ‘sex-reassignment’ measures for any person and requires informed written consent for adults. The Agency for Health Care Administration has also prohibited Medicaid from being used for the same purpose.


Florida also recently formally revoked the liquor license of a venue that exposed children to an explicit drag show.



President Biden weighed in during an interview on The Daily Show, condemning Florida’s attacks on “transgender kids.”


“Transgender kids, is a really harder thing. What’s going on in Florida, is, as my mother would say, close to sinful. I mean it’s just terrible what they’re doing.”

Biden also expressed that he thought it was unrealistic that children expressing gender confusion could be going through a phase and said that to keep children from transitioning was “cruel.” The President even suggested federal legislation similar to gay marriage to mandate states allow the procedures.

Florida Governor DeSantis retweeted the video, rejecting Biden’s framing of the issue.

“It is not “sinful” to prohibit the mutilation of minors. It is not acceptable for the federal government to mandate that procedures like sex change operations be allowed for kids.”

DeSantis this up with another tweet,  which included a video where he spoke on the issue and referenced activist Chloe Cole, who detransitioned after being transitioned during childhood.

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“Children are not guinea pigs for science experiments, and we cannot allow people to make money off mutilating them. Thank you, Chloe, for sharing your story – Florida is listening.”

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