Public meeting on gender-affirming care rescheduled for Oct. 28 in Orlando

The Florida National Organization for Women is helping to organize a rally.

A public meeting on the efficacy of transgender care that was canceled last month after Hurricane Ian ravaged Southwest Florida has been rescheduled for Oct. 28 in Orlando.

Members of the Florida Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathic Medicine Joint Rules/Legislative Committee will hold a five-hour meeting at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.

The Florida National Organization for Women is helping organize supporters of gender-affirming care to encourage them to testify at the meeting and attend a rally.

According to the meeting notice, members of the Joint Committee will hear from seven presenters: Michael Biggs, Ph.D.; James Cantor, Ph.D.; Kristin Dayton, M.D.; Aron Janssen, M.D.; Riittakerttu Kaltiala, M.D.; Michael Laidlaw, M.D; and Meredithe McNamara, M.D.

Four of the presenters oppose gender-affirming care for teenagers, while three support providing the care to those who suffer from gender dysphoria.

Biggs has allegedly posted transphobic tweets in the past. Cantor, a Toronto-based clinical psychologist and neuroscientist, recently testified on behalf of an Alabama law that makes it a felony for anybody to engage in or cause a minor to receive gender affirming care.

In 2018, Kaltiala was one of four researchers who found that “virtually nothing is known regarding adolescent-onset gender dysphoria, its progression and factors that influence the completion of the developmental tasks of adolescence.” Laidlaw, a California endocrinologist, testified on behalf of the state in federal court last week, telling a federal judge it’s never appropriate to provide gender-affirming care because the risks outweigh the benefits.

The panel also includes proponents of gender-affirming care. McNamara, an assistant professor of pediatrics who specializes in adolescent medicine at Yale University’s School of Medicine, released a report earlier this year debunking arguments against gender-affirming care. Dayton is the co-director of the University of Florida Health Youth Gender Program.

Janssen is a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and the director of the Gender and Sexuality Service at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Child Study Center.

Members of the Board of Medicine and Board of Osteopathic Medicine agreed to develop Florida guidelines for the treatment of gender dysphoria in August. Though the boards had not previously delved into the issue, they agreed to do so after Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo asked them to tackle it.

Ladapo asked the boards to prohibit patients under the age of 18 from receiving sex-reassignment surgery and puberty-blocking hormone treatments. Ladapo also asked the boards to change the standard-of-care rules to require older patients seeking gender-affirming care to sign a consent form and to wait 24 hours before starting such treatments.

The state set a four-hour public meeting in Tallahassee where the medical boards would hear from experts and members of the public. But the meeting was canceled due to Hurricane Ian. Had the Sept. 30 meeting not been canceled, the boards could have started developing a state-specific rule before the General Election. 

The term “transgender” refers to people whose sex assigned at birth does not align with how they identify, according to the American Association of Psychiatry.

Gender dysphoria refers to psychological distress that results from an incongruence between one’s sex assigned at birth and one’s gender identity. And though gender dysphoria often begins in childhood, some people may not experience it until after puberty or much later, the psychiatry association maintains.

The Agency for Health Care Administration, which houses the Medicaid program, provided data to Florida Politics showing that 12 children and 13 adults underwent surgical procedures in Fiscal Year 2021-22 that Medicaid reimbursed. The most common procedure for both children and adults was a simple mastectomy, with three children and six adults undergoing the procedure sometime between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.

Christine Jordan Sexton

Tallahassee-based health care reporter who focuses on health care policy and the politics behind it. Medicaid, health insurance, workers’ compensation, and business and professional regulation are just a few of the things that keep me busy.


  • Tom

    October 20, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    I am an incest victim. It sucks.

  • David In Shoreline

    October 20, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    Boys can never become girls. Girls can never become boys. Doesn’t matter how many healthy breasts you chop odd. Can’t make a penis out of arm skin no matter how hard you try. However, mental health can improve with diet, exercise, quality sleep and counseling.

  • Linwood Wright

    October 20, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    DeSantis is the biggest pervert in America. It’s weird how obsessed he is with gender and gay stuff. So obsessed in fact that I would assume that DeSantis is a homosexual himself. Whey else would he protest so much? Its like he’s trying to cover for something. 🤔

    • TD

      October 20, 2022 at 11:40 pm

      Nope, that would be you, covering for the failure of managed decline — specifically decline managed by your party.

      From Auron MacIntyre:
      “This calamitous failure can perhaps be most easily seen in the managerial state’s current obsession with transgender ideology. Instead of understanding the shortcomings of their political formula and attempting to adapt new solutions, the managerial elite have chosen to accelerate the very aspects of their ideology that have led to social disintegration. Transgenderism is the ultimate expression of deracination, stripping the individual of all innate identity down to even the biological level, and encouraging them to remake themselves in their own image. But no one actually constructs their own identity a priori. Instead this process simply makes the individual more easy to shape into the perfect cog. A person with an identity tied to nothing, not even their own biology, can be led to believe almost anything. While solutions like transgender ideology accelerate the spiritual and social crisis caused by managerialism, they are the only ones the system can offer. Any truly meaningful solutions would endanger their political formula.”

    • James D

      October 22, 2022 at 3:40 am

      Adolescence is the most confused and vulnerable time of most people’s lives. Then along come the sicko “gender affirming” snake oil peddlers to tell these children that all their emotional problems and challenges will all be solved if they simply identify as a different gender, but their emotional distress will REALLY be fixed and they’ll be HAPPY ONLY IF they get breasts or testicles cut off. These are forever, life-changing interventions for what is most likely a temporary emotional phase. Disgusting and criminal to target children with this ideology.

  • marylou

    October 22, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    Desantis is obsessed with sex. He sees sex everywhere. It’s fine that he gets sexually excited watching adult Drag Queens and trans women, but involving children in his fantasies is not ok. EVERY TIME DESANTIS TALKS ABOUT SEX HE MENTIONS CHILDREN. SICK PERVERT

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