Research indicates that withholding or delaying gender-affirming care can have dramatic impacts on the mental health of individuals who need it; trans and gender-expansive people who lack access to this care face higher rates of depression, suicide, and substance abuse, while those who receive care have dramatically improved health outcomes.
Minnesotans know that it’s unacceptable to play political games with the health care people need, and I’m so proud these bills are on their way to becoming law. Next stop, the Senate.
Delivering for Minnesotans
We’re in the second half of the legislative session, and the effectiveness of the DFL Trifecta is really starting to show results. Last month, legislative leaders and Governor Walz laid the framework for our state budget - a deal typically struck in the final weeks of session under divided government.
We made national news when the bill I authored to provide universal school meals was signed into law, and people are starting to take note of our progress, especially in stark contrast to the legislation we’ve seen come out of other states that are so focused on division, misinformation, and scoring cheap political points.
I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done this year. You can take a look and these headlines and know that we’re just getting started: