Social workers around the state have been nervously keeping up with SB 150. SB 150 has been widely critiqued by social workers, as it essentially bans gender affirming care for children. This bill will require students in schools to use pronouns and use bathrooms based on their assigned gender. Governor Beshear vetoed this bill in late March, however the Senate quickly voted 29-8 to override the governor's veto. The measure then went to the House for consideration, where lawmakers voted 76-23 to override the veto. SB 150 will go into effect in late June.
This bill is harmful because it directly targets an already marginalized population of Kentuckians and severely restricts and undermines parental choices under the guise of protecting and supporting parental rights. This bill may subject trans and questioning youth to harm in bigotry.
So what should we do now? It is more important now more than ever to be supportive to the entire LGBTQ+ community. This includes being supportive to our friends and family in our personal lives, as well as supporting LGBTQ+ organizations within our communities. If you know any LGBTQ+ organizations in Kentucky, that could use our support, please write them in
There are also several lawsuits filed to challenge SB 150 on the grounds that the bill is unconstitutional. I will be sure to update this blog, if any of those lawsuits come to pass.
Alcohol Awareness Month!
April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a time to focus on the dangers of alcohol abuse and addiction and to promote healthy drinking habits. With alcohol being the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States, raising awareness about the risks associated with excessive drinking is essential.
Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) to encourage people to assess their drinking habits and seek help if needed. Since then, it has grown into a nationwide observance, with organizations and communities coming together to raise awareness about the effects of alcohol abuse and to promote prevention, treatment, and recovery resources.
The theme for Alcohol Awareness Month 2023 is “Awareness is Key: Sustaining Healthy Communities.” This theme emphasizes the importance of raising awareness about alcohol abuse and addiction and how it affects individuals, families, and communities. It also highlights the need for communities to come together to support those struggling with alcohol addiction and to create a culture of responsible drinking.
Excessive alcohol consumption can have serious health consequences, including liver disease, cancer, and heart disease. It can also lead to addiction, which can cause a range of social, emotional, and financial problems. In addition to the health risks, alcohol abuse can contribute to car accidents, violence, and other harmful behaviors.
To promote healthy drinking habits and raise awareness about the risks of alcohol abuse, the NCADD recommends the following:
Alcohol Awareness Month is an important reminder that alcohol abuse and addiction is a severe problem that affects millions of people across the country. By working together to raise awareness about the risks of excessive drinking and promoting healthy drinking habits, we can create a safer and healthier community for everyone.
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