Missouri Democrat Cori Bush recently advocated for “gender-affirming care” for transgender individuals, stating that it is not the same as “grooming.”
While some people on the Left have been vocal in their support for providing young people with access to puberty blockers, hormones, and gender-transitioning measures, these medical interventions can have long-term consequences. Minors should not be making irreversible decisions about their bodies.
Some individuals have taken to labeling adults as “groomers” whenever they advocate for the practice of exposing children to extreme leftist gender ideology or to activities such as drag shows. Additionally, conservatives have criticized “gender-affirming care” as pushing to normalize transgender identities and lifestyles.
Representative Bush’s statement sought to emphasize that advocating for “gender-affirming” care for transgender individuals is not the same as grooming. She argued that transgender people “exist” in the world and cannot be denied or erased. She also urged people to draw a line against “hateful rhetoric” and to support trans rights.
This is not the first time that Representative Bush has spoken out on behalf of the trans community. In the past, she has tweeted in support of “trans rights” and emphasized that “gender-affirming care” is healthcare. Her comments came on the occasion of Trans Day of Visibility, which was celebrated on March 31st.