Lawmakers in the Ohio House will consider a bill to require doctors and teachers to tell parents if their child might be transgender. Critics said it would create a "gender police" but supporters of the bill said it merely reinforced a parent's right to know about their children.

Brinkman said the bill clearly states parental rights extend until a child is 18 years old. He said he sponsored the bill after a 17-year-old went to court with their parents because the teenager wanted to transition. The parents refused. A judge ultimately sided with the teenager. Brinkman said he would want to know from his child's teacher if there was something they were struggling with.

 

Brinkman said the bill clearly states parental rights extend until a child is 18 years old. He said he sponsored the bill after a 17-year-old went to court with their parents because the teenager wanted to transition. The parents refused. A judge ultimately sided with the teenager. Brinkman said he would want to

know from his child's teacher if there was something they were struggling with.

 
 

"That's what schools should do is contact parents, let them know what's going on," he said. "I don't think there's anything wrong with that."

House Bill 658 has upset many people in the LGBTQ community.

"It does nothing to protect families or our youth and what it does do is for them marginalize, oppress and discriminate against transgender and non-binary youth," said Erin Upchurch, the executive director of the Kaleidoscope Youth Center which helps transgender youth. "The rule is to only disclose information if a youth is a threat to themselves or other people. Questioning, navigating, exploring gender identity is not a threat to the youth or anybody else."

Upchurch said the bill would take away a safe place where teenagers can confide in an adult.

"What it's doing is putting up barriers between youth and adults who should be what we consider safer adults," she said. "Schools, therapist offices should be a safe place, a soft landing for youth to go."

Brinkman said he's hopeful the bill might pass after the midterm elections. He said he's received a lot of support from his colleagues in the House.

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