In May 2021, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee banned gender confirming treatment for transgender youth. The day before this, Lee enacted a law that forced businesses and facilities to post a sign confirming if they allow transgender people into their bathrooms.
On September 20, 2022, Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh released his research on Vanderbilt’s transgender clinic, located in Tennesse.
The Nashville clinic is chemically castrating children and threatening staff members who object. According to the videos, Dr. Shane Taylor confessed transitioning children is a “big money maker."
Governor Lee provided a statement to The Daily Wire:
The ‘pediatric transgender clinic’ at Vanderbilt University Medical Center raises serious moral, ethical and legal concerns.
We should not allow permanent, life-altering decisions that hurt children or policies that suppress religious liberties, all for the purpose of financial gain. We have to protect Tennessee children, and this warrants a thorough investigation.
Vanderbilt released a statement about transgender healthcare at VUMC, following the bombshell report by Walsh:
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is now the subject of social media posts and a video that misrepresent facts about the care the Medical Center provides to transgender patients.
VUMC began its Transgender Health Clinic because transgender individuals are a high-risk population for mental and physical health issues and have been consistently underserved by the U.S. health system.
We have been and will continue to be committed to providing family-centered care to all adolescents in compliance with state law and in line with professional practice standards and guidance established by medical specialty societies.
VUMC requires parental consent to treat a minor patient who is to be seen for issues related to transgender care, and never refuses parental involvement in the care of transgender youth who are under age 18.
Our policies allow employees to decline to participate in care they find morally objectionable, and do not permit discrimination against employees who choose to do so. This includes employees whose personal or religious beliefs do not support gender-affirming care for transgender persons.
The Trans Buddy program mentioned in the video has received national acclaim. Its purpose is to provide peer volunteers who support persons who are seeking highly personal care in an unfamiliar environment, and who may have been refused medical services in the past or avoided seeking them out of fear of being met with hostility.
According to The Associated Press, Gov. Lee’s spokesperson said they have passed their concerns to Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti after calling for an investigation.
Tennessee lawmakers have come out on twitter releasing comments on the matter.
Following this was a meeting, and according to Walsh, it's to create a bill to shut down Vanderbilt and "ban the practice in the state."
This is an issue becoming more prevalent worldwide, though it is becoming rarer for conservatives and republicans to speak out.