The Politics of Gender-Affirming Care for Minors

Resource Round-Up

With legislation introduced to contest gender-affirming care in more than 20 U.S. states, this course engages with the discourse about gender-affirming care with minors, including clarifications about standards of care.


Pre-Requisite: Being Brave Together: A Transfaith Primer (free) frames dialogue expectations for all OtherWise Academy discussion forums.

  • Being Brave Together is strongly recommended as a way to understand our dialogue expectations. You can navigate OtherWise Academy courses without that 15 minute experience, but you will be held accountable for being appropriate in dialogue with others.

Certificate Program:  none

Designed for: English-speaking adults, regardless of religious affiliation or professional aspirations. 

  • The content may also be appropriate for younger audiences who are prepared for references to medical protocols in an educational context.

Hours of Video: TBD, with transcripts provided

OtherWise Voices: Mx Chris Paige

Status: Draft Transcripts Only (incomplete, still building)

  • Welcome (transcripts ready) 
  • Where Is Your Confusion? (transcripts ready) 
  • What Is Gender-Affirming Care? (transcripts ready)
  • At Puberty (8-15) [pending]
  • Transgender Teenagers (from 14) [pending]
  • Legislation, Litigation, and Political Shenanigans [pending] 
  • Related Concerns [pending] 


  1. Recognize professional medical organizations responsible for establishing standards of care in gender-affirming care
  2. Identify three distinct stages of gender-affirming care in minors
  3. Recognize the impact of political interference in gender-affirming care on the spiritual and emotional health of minors

Description: With legislation introduced to contest gender-affirming care in more than 20 U.S. states, this course engages with public discourse about gender-affirming care with minors. We will clarify the What of gender-affirming care at different ages and explore who decides what is appropriate care.

A review of resources on relevant legislative, executive, and judicial actions is also included as a way to orient participants to some of the tactics and conversations being advanced today.

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Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to the OtherWise Academy!

    • Dialogue Expectations

    • Thinkific Orientation (optional)

  • 2

    Where Is Your Confusion?

    • Getting Started

    • What Are We Talking about Anyway?

  • 3

    What is Gender-Affirming Care?

    • Who Is in Charge Here?

    • World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

    • The Endocrine Society

    • SOC 8

    • Mental and Behavioral Health

    • Take Time to Be Present

  • 4

    Before Puberty

    • Gender Creative or Gender Expansive Children

    • Social Transition

    • Tennessee SB 126 (HB 1027) in 2021

    • Take Time to Be Present

    • Pause and Reflect

  • 5

    About Puberty

    • So, What Is Puberty?

    • But, What Does Puberty Mean?

  • 6

    At Puberty (8-15)

    • Puberty Blockers

    • More about Puberty Blockers

    • Interview with Arkansas Attorney General

    • Take Time to Be Present