Alberta government email reveals NDA required to consult on gender policies

From what I've told, it's the largest two SLGBTQIA library in Alberta. This space is designed to help young 2S LGBTQ plus people feel safe in Edmonton, but staff here worry new policies from Alberta's government could jeopardize that. Policies they haven't been asked to weigh in on. We have not received any consultation from the beginning. The ones who will be most impacted are those ones that are not from a firm in safe spaces and that is a lifelong. Sentence. Of pain and suffering. The province says it is looking for feedback on proposed changes to gender policies, including banning hormone therapy for children under 16 and barring transgender women athletes from competing in women's leagues. CBC News has learned Alberta's government sent 40 invites to physicians working in gender affirming care, bioethicists and members of the trans community. But to attend, you have to sign a nondisclosure agreement. Ndas are tools governments have used in the past for other topics like budget discussions. In this case, the province says the indefinite Ndas ensure confidentiality. But some people outright refused the invite, calling on Premier Danielle Smith for more transparency. If she really wants to hear what we have to say, she can schedule a public a public hearing where those of us who are part of the medical community can be on record. Many of my patients said that their mental health has worsened as a direct result of these policy proposals. This comes as more than a dozen 2S LGBTQ plus groups in Alberta banned the governing United Conservative Party from attending Pride events. Those policies are directly infringing on what Pride is about, which is celebrating your uniqueness, your identity. The integrity of you as a person, as part of the LGBTQ community. The UCP declined an interview about the Pride event ban, instead stating the party supports and celebrates all Albertans. Sam Sampson, CBC News, Edmonton.

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