Hastings Women’s Law Journal


Amanda Kennedy


This Note explores the barriers that transgender youth face when attempting to explore transition through counseling or medical treatment. The Note first addresses barriers facing the transgender community generally, including cost of transition, social hurdles, and psychological factors. The Note then addresses the legal ramifications of three different situations: (1) when parents agree with their child's choice to explore transition; (2) when parents disagree with each other about their child's choice; and (3) when both parents oppose their child's transition. Finally, the Note addresses Constitutional and policy arguments in support of transgender youth.