Jul 28, 2023 - News

Florida trans teens drive the farthest for gender-affirming care

Median hours transgender teens must drive to receive gender-affirming care
Data: JAMA; Note: Includes U.S. transgender teens ages 13-17; Chart: Tory Lysik/Axios Visuals

Florida's transgender teens face the longest median travel time to access gender-affirming health care, according to a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Why it matters: That puts up a massive barrier to health care that every major medical association agrees is medically necessary and in certain cases life-saving.

  • "Access to developmentally appropriate medical and social services for transgender youths is associated with mental health benefits and decreased suicidality," the study says.

By the numbers: Florida's median drive time of nearly nine hours was the highest of any state examined in the study.

Yes, but: A federal judge last month blocked enforcement of the bans for three plaintiffs in an ongoing lawsuit.

  • The judge wrote that the bans would likely be found unconstitutional and agreed with the plaintiffs that the health care is medically necessary.
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