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Families of transgender youth in Tennessee face health-care challenges

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's ban on care to treat gender dysphoria in transgender youth is set to go into effect July 1. One attorney representing three families and a Memphis doctor argues that the ban discriminates on the basis of sex and gender identity, since the treatments remain available to non-transgender people. Some affected families say they're considering leaving the state.

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