During her testimony against a proposed Louisiana law that aimed to prohibit sex reassignment surgeries for minors, a woman stated that her daughter's unconventional food preferences led her to suspect that the child was transgender.
The mother's comments were given as testimony to the Louisiana House Health and Welfare Committee during their deliberations on House Bill 463, a proposed law that would ban "certain procedures to alter the sex of a minor child."
"We couldn't figure out what the problem was. We took him to specialists and neurologists, and he had brain scans trying to figure out why he couldn't sleep," the mother told lawmakers of her child. "As he grew, he got to sleeping. But his food choices were odd. They were always like green vegetables, raw green vegetables, which, if you know kids, most kids don't like to eat those things."
"Once we figured out that he was transgender, when he came to us and told us that he was transgender, we went back and realized that the pattern of everything he had experienced as a child — including eating green vegetables, because that boosts testosterone — were just methods of his body trying to become who he was meant to be," she continued. "His brain does not match his physiology."
During the legislative process of the controversial measure, another mother provided testimony against it, claiming that her daughter's preference for "boy toys" at 18 months old indicated that the child was a boy. She intends to initiate "gender-affirming care" for her 10-year-old offspring.
"I was Christmas shopping for them, they were 18 months old, and I bought one of those toy tool benches and I was making a joke, ‘Well, when one of them comes to me and says they’re a man when they're 18, I can't say I didn't see it coming.' Just cause they kinda did draw to boy toys, but I was just making a joke," the mother of the transgender child said.
"I'm so glad I said it out loud, because I have that in my mind now that at 18 months old, something, something somewhere was telling me what he knew all along," she continued.
This lady says that she had a gut feeling that her daughter was a boy when she liked to play with male toys when she was 18 months old and is now going to start "gender affirming care" at 11 years old. pic.twitter.com/cEV2jVZ845
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 2, 2023
According to the mother, her biological daughter had informed her multiple times before the transition that she identified as a boy.
Louisiana State Representative Michael Firment, a Republican who represents the 22nd House District, authored the bill under consideration. Dubbed the "Save Adolescents from Experimentation Act," the proposed law would prohibit all medical procedures related to gender transition for individuals under the age of 18.
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