The Arkansas household strikes to New Mexico to help with their son’s intercourse reassignment

by: Claire Cross, Nexstar media cable

Posted: May 26, 2021 / 11:03 AM MDTUpdated: May 27, 2021 / 1:06 PM MDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) – Families of transgender children in Arkansas are now considering leaving the state after a law was passed that bans any type of chemical treatment or sex reassignment surgery for children under the age of 18.

One family has already moved to New Mexico. The Spurrier family packed and moved their lives after more than 15 years in Little Rock, crossing state lines to provide a better environment for their 17 year old son.

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“We don’t want to find out that our child has become a statistic,” said George Spurrier. George and Emily Spurrier said their son Cas came out as transgender in 2019. They started figuring out what was next with the help of medical professionals.

“We had an endocrinologist, nurses, two therapists, a psychologist, a PCP,” recalls Emily. “I mean, we built a whole team.” Cas only started testosterone treatments a few months ago.

“His confidence has skyrocketed,” remarked George. “His voice has already started to deepen with testosterone. He is himself. “

Just as the Spurriers began to see these changes, the SAFE Act, which bans any kind of chemical or surgical treatment to transgender youth under the age of 18 in Arkansas, became law. “I think we represented what our constituents wanted to see,” said Senator Dan Sullivan after the bill was passed.

Sullivan and the other supporters of the law claimed the measure was only about protecting children. “It will protect them and make the choices that are best for them when they reach old age,” he said.

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For Cas, however, his parents say that the law would only push him back. “We couldn’t stop his treatments and then restart them when he turns 18,” said Emily.

The family decided to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they had family. “I’m from New Mexico. I still have a decent family here. The family I have is very supportive of LGBT people, ”said George.

George and Emily both found new jobs and settled into their new apartment a few days ago. They say they are happy to be in a place where their son can be completely himself.

On Tuesday, the Arkansas ACLU filed a lawsuit against the SAFE Act. The Spurriers said they were still happy with their decision to move. “We look forward to it being a place for it to thrive,” said George.

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