Transgender children

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Critics of Ohio’s so-called Parent’s Rights Bill say the legislation will only hurt transgender children in the state.

The bill, which has received national attention, would allow parents to deny treatment for their transgender children. It also requires teachers, school counselors and health care providers to “out” transgender children to their parents.

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STATE OF OHIO

Two Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill that they say would protect the rights of parents who oppose efforts to help their transgender children transition.

Rep. Tom Brinkman says his bill was inspired by a Cincinnati case where a juvenile court judge turned custody of a 17-year-old over to the teen’s grandparents, who supported the child’s gender identity. The teen’s parents wanted to try Christian counseling.