Two of the state’s sex rights groups have clashed over a Hobart billboard aimed at drawing attention to the divisive issue of “gender affirming” treatment of children seeking gender transitions.
The anti-trans group LGB Tasmania last week funded a giant billboard criticising the approach that schools are taking towards children with gender dysphoria, but rival group Equality Tasmania slammed the billboard as an assault on trans rights.
The billboard was situated on the Brooker Highway in Glenorchy, in Hobart’s Northern suburbs, and read: “Let Kids Be Kids”.
In a statement, LGB Tasmania spokesperson Jessica Hoyle said the billboard aimed to draw attention to Tasmanian schools, which she claimed are taking an active role in “socially transitioning” children with gender dysphoria.
Ms Hoyle said: “We know that teens who are gender non-conforming are much more likely to grow up to be happy lesbian and gay adults. We need to stop pushing dangerous puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. Puberty is not a disease.”