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Earlier this month, Taylor Swift took her jet from the Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield to the St. Louis Airport in Cahokia Heights, taking 13 minutes, 2 tons of carbon emissions and $844 worth of fuel.
Taylor Swift Causes Needless Carbon Emissions
Aubrey Lacavich, Sports Editor • April 5, 2024

Eight hundred and twenty two celebrities flew into Las Vegas mid-February for the Super Bowl LVIII in their private jets. Among them was pop-star...

This comparison photo shows the hallway seating (left) verses the standard lockers (right). The expanded seating has outlets and USB plugs for charging.
Opinion: Remove the Lockers
Elliott Jorgensen, Associate Producer • March 14, 2024

In a school of more than 2,000 students, MHS students are rarely seen loitering around their lockers. This raises the question: does anyone use...

Most students have very busy schedules which can make time management a big struggle. By keeping a planner it can make it easier to visualize your tasks and can help in remembering what you need to get done.
Opinion: Students Should have Part Time Jobs
Morgan Siegel, Staff Reporter • March 4, 2024

As job openings increase, so does the need for employees. With total payroll employment rising from January 2023 to January 2024 by 42,100 jobs,...

A screenshot of a AP French Canvas assignment that has the students use ChatGPT for feedback.
The Evolution of Education
Prashu Sidella, Online Editor • February 29, 2024

With the rise of online platforms and the integration of cutting-edge technologies, educators are redefining the way students engage with and...

Shelly Justins Black Literature class creates posters for Black History Month. Throughout the semester, the students will read literature written by Black authors. A similar class is the topic of controversy in the Francis Howell School District.
In Defense of Black Literature
Editorial BoardFebruary 12, 2024

Francis Howell North High School students organized a walk-out on Thursday, Jan. 18, in response to proposed changes to the curriculum of their...

Editorial Board: End the Attacks on Transgender Youth

Media by Elliott Jorgensen

The Washington University Transgender Center abruptly ended its gender-affirming medication services on Monday, Sept. 11, due to a law signed in June that prevents transgender minors and some adults from receiving such treatment. 

The Center will still offer education and mental health services to transgender youths, but will no longer provide the crucial services these individuals need. The bill itself prevents healthcare providers from prescribing those under the age of 18 with gender-affirming treatments, such as puberty blockers and hormones.

The WashU Transgender Center was the last place for transgender children and teens to receive this gender-affirming care in the state of Missouri. 

After repeated attacks on the transgender population, this discrimination must end.

A popular misconception is that “gender-affirming care” automatically suggests gender reassignment surgery. This is simply not true — children and teens in Missouri legally cannot be provided by their healthcare with gender reassignment surgeries.

The WashU Transgender Center services included hormone therapy, as well as specialty care such as gynecology and urology. 

Those who identify as transgender have significantly higher suicide rates than those who identify as cisgender — the National Library of Medicine reported that 82% of transgender individuals have contemplated suicide, while 40% have attempted.

The National Library of Medicine reported that 82% of transgender individuals have contemplated suicide, while 40% have attempted.

— Natural Library of Medicine

According to a survey by the National Education Association, transgender students said anti-LGBTQ laws intensified their mental health issues. Without gender-affirming care, these statistics will rise. 

Studies such as one conducted by the Trevor Project, a non-profit organization that focuses on LGBTQ suicide prevention, show that fewer than one in three trans youth in the United States found their own home to be gender-affirming. It was also reported that LGBTQ youth who live in a community that is accepting of the LGBTQ community held significantly lower rates of attempting suicide.

There are hundreds if not thousands of transgender children under the age of 18 in Missouri right now who fear for their safety. Who are hated by their government. Who are persecuted in their communities. 

There are families whose sons, daughters, brothers or sisters are not protected by their government. These children are in danger, and these repeated attacks must come to an end. 

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Elliott Jorgensen, Associate Producer/Production Editor
Elliott Jorgensen, Senior, is the Associate Producer for MHSNews and Production Editor for The Messenger. He enjoys going to theme parks, going on bike rides, and creating video content. He is the publicity lead for the MHS Theatre Company and participates in the politics club.
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