February 25, 2022
N.A.P.S. Stands in Support of Gender Affirming Care
National Association of Peer Supporters Stands in Support of Gender Affirming Care for Queer, Trans, and Gender Non-Conforming and Non-Binary Youth
In light of the recent letters from the Governor and Attorney General of Texas which suggest that providing gender-affirming health care to transgender youth can constitute child abuse we, the National Association of Peer Supporters, stand in support of Queer, Transgender, and Gender Non-Conforming / Non-Binary youth, families, and Peer Support Specialists across the country.
N.A.P.S. is proud to support, honor, and validate the lived experiences and gender identity of each member of our organization and person we serve.
As Peer Support Specialists we have an obligation to affirm and support the ability of each person to create a meaningful life for themselves, including access to gender-affirming care without threat of investigation or harm. We also have an obligation to stand opposed to harmful systems and requirements, such as those in the letters, when providing support.*
N.A.P.S. encourages its members and anyone working or volunteering in the Peer Profession to continue to educate themselves regarding supporting Queer, Transgender, and Gender Non-Conforming / Non-Binary youth, as well as any legislative action that may negatively impact marginalized communities. This education includes understanding mandatory reporting rules in your respective state and the impact of non-binding legal opinions.**
With a history largely rooted in radical systemic transformation and social justice movements, Peer Support Specialists are uniquely positioned to advocate and stand alongside those experiencing systemic harm.
*For additional information please see the N.A.P.S. National Practice Guidelines.
** ACLU has made a statement surrounding the recent non-binding legal opinions in TX here.