10-year-old transgender girl speaks to state Senators about attempt to criminalize medical transitions in minors

HOUSTON – A 10-year-old Houston girl traveled to Austin this week to tell the Senate committee on state affairs why she believes a proposed bill should be left off the Texas law books.

“You shouldn’t be passing these bills because it’s not helping anybody,” said Maya Stanton, a transgender girl.

SB 1646 would make it against the law for parents to allow their children to medically transition.

It not only would make surgical procedures a crime, but also all medical interventions.

“If they weren’t supporting me, I wouldn’t be a girl. I would just be a boy, and I would be very sad,” Stanton said while speaking of her parents.

Stanton was assumed to be a boy at birth, but as early as preschool, she began identifying as a girl. Maya socially transitioned by the age of five.

“We are allowing her to express herself, which is her gender identity, to change the pronouns, to grow her hair long, and to dress in an outward way that identifies her as a female with her own style,” said Maya’s Mom Lisa Stanton.

Maya and her parents have not decided if she will medically transition in the coming years, but if SB 1646 passes, she would not have access to the puberty blockers, which would give her more time to decide if she wants hormones.


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