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How gender-affirming healthcare startups are navigating the legal miasma – Technology Flow

Started by Kate Anthony In the Lone Star State.

It was there, in 2019, that she launched her app Euphoria, seeking to provide information and resources on gender determination care. She knew the stakes would be high, and with the state passing anti-trans legislation, she and her company had to flee.

Settling in Denver, Anthony planned what to do next. She decided to continue business as usual while the fight for trans rights continues. She is not alone in that decision. Most apps, if not all, that serve the trans community are hyperexposed, under fire, and seemingly intuitive.

Technology Flow conducted a vibe check to see how trans entrepreneurs serving their communities are navigating this moment. The Human Rights Campaign told Technology Flow that legislators in state legislatures have introduced 344 anti-LGBTQ+ bills this session, with more than 140 specifically targeting the trans community.

“We will not allow these anti-trans people to bully us into giving information.” Aidan Dowling, Founder, Trace

The proposed restrictions stem from an Alabama bill that would have banned trans students from participating in sports in Iowa and Alaska, which sought to deny medical care to transfers. Louisiana introduced a bill to prevent medical professionals from providing translation-related care to minors, and Florida now bans gender-confirmation care under Medicaid.

Anthony said it was inevitable that someone or some state would one day sue his company. Other founders said they are closely watching court systems with some rethinking strategies regarding consumer privacy and employee benefits. And for the startup and venture community, support is better late than never — a critical time to protect trans founders.

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