FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) — There’s been a lot of back and forth over Kentucky’s trans youth bill, Senate Bill 150, which restricts gender-transition services for children.

However, it may be resolved Wednesday.

Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed SB 150 recently, however, with Kentucky’s legislative session picking back up Wednesday, the Republican majority is likely to overturn the veto.

Both supporters and opponents expand on the mental health impacts the bill will have if it’s overturned.


A 2022 UCLA study shows there are about two-thousand trans youth in Kentucky.

One Kentucky trans therapist who sees 20 clients a week said they are already seeing the mental health impacts of SB150 on their teen patients.

Skylar Lowe, a trans youth therapist based out of Louisville said, “I’ve heard things along the lines like, ‘I don’t know how I’m ever going to be who I’m supposed to be, things like the whole world is against me’.”

Lowe is at capacity with client bookings, and they said most of the time, they talk to their clients about ‘Safety Planning.’

“Things like how do we keep you safe from this appointment to the next appointment,” Lowe said. “And are they even going to be able to make it to adulthood to be able to start some of these things that are being pushed off to adulthood.”

Lowe added that Kentucky is not living its motto right now.

“Our motto is ‘United we stand; Divided we fall’, but we’re extremely divided on this issue,” Lowe said.

However, The Family Foundation, which supports the bill, said teenagers need to wait to make such a life-changing decision, until they’re older.

Martin Cothran, Senior Policy Analyst, said SB150 is meant to protect trans youth from mental health consequences if they were ever to change their minds, in the future.

“This is about whether you allow minor children to have surgery that is permanent and cannot be reversed, and who can’t change their minds later on,” Cothran said. “Imagine the mental health consequences of that.”

The bill could also make changes in schools. Those who opposes the bill are fighting for identity acceptance by having teachers use student’s preferred pronouns, but those who support the bill say it’s excluding the voices of everyone else.

“When you’re making school policy, you have to take everybody’s views and sensibilities into account,” Cothran said. “Parents are conservative. When you have a family, you become more conservative, but we’re dealing with people who don’t have a family.”

Ultimately, Cothran said he believes that the public’s focus on SB150 is misdirected. Instead of worrying about topics like youth’s sexuality that should be discussed in a home setting, Cothran said schools need to be more worried about Kentucky student’s falling behind the learning curb.