FIST issues statement supporting Missouri Senate bill 843 banning child transition

On March 25, 2023, FIST sent a statement to the Missouri legislature supporting a bill that would ban medicalized transition for children under 18.  The letter declared in part, “Child transition involving puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries that remove or modify healthy body parts are extremely sexist and homophobic practices.  They disproportionately harm a growing number of girls, most of whom are same sex attracted, i.e., are likely to become lesbians, and girls that don’t fit in with sex stereotypes of traditional “femininity” imposed on them by a sexist society.

Medical transition is experimental, cosmetic, and doesn’t cure anything.  Instead, it results in sterilization, prevents proper development of brains and bones, and causes other permanent physical disabilities and shortened life spans.  No child is born in the wrong body! As feminists solidly on the Left, we call for saving the tomboys and future lesbians and feminists as well as all children struggling with being different from these permanent medical harms.”

The bill passed the Missouri Senate and is now pending in the House. If it passes, it will join a number of other states that have passed similar laws. According to ABC News, “At least 11 states — Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Dakota, Tennessee and Utah — have passed laws or policies that restrict gender-affirming care for people under the age of legal majority, which is the threshold for legal adulthood.”

FIST is highly appreciative of the work of Scott/Kellie Newgent who has been traveling all over the country working on bills to protect children and who encouraged our participation in this campaign.  Please support her work at

First Do No Harm Unity Rally

Feminists in Struggle was one of the many groups represented at the First Do No Harm Unity Rally at the American Academy of Pediatrics Convention in Anaheim on Saturday, October 8th to protest the medicalization of children by “gender-affirming care”. There was a great turnout and a lot of spirit!  Women and men, gay and straight, young and old, groups from across the political spectrum, from Green Alliance for Sex-Based Rights, California Legislative Council, Dykes on the Right, Partners for Ethical Care,  to parents groups like Our Duty, which organized the rally, joined together in solidarity in the effort to protect children and youth from the harms of “gender-affirming care”, which medicalizes, sterilizes, and mutilates.  Speakers included Julia Mason, M.D., Pediatrician; Scott Newgent; detransitioners Cat Cattinson, Chloe Cole, and Abel Garcia; and parents decrying this medical scandal.

For more information, see:

Wesley Yang

The Post Millenial

The Daily Wire


The Epoch Times


The medical “transition” of gender non-conforming, mostly lesbian, girls has increased exponentially.  How do we fight it?

JOIN US on AUGUST 13TH at 11:00 a.m.Pacific time, 1:00 p.m. Central, and 2:00 p.m. Eastern for this timely discussion of the harmful practice of medicalization of a growing number of gender non-conforming girls, a majority of whom are lesbian, through use of puberty blockers, wrong sex hormones, double mastectomies, and genital mutilating surgeries. Reserve your tickets now.

Girls are being taught that their non-conformity and same sex attraction mean they have been born in the “wrong” body, with the result that they pursue dangerous treatments before they even reach adulthood, causing permanent harm to their healthy developing bodies and turning them into life-long medical patients. Many of these girls will in a few years join the growing ranks of detransitioners and regretters. Is this the face of the new homophobia? How can we fight back and save new generations of tomboys, lesbians, and future feminists?



CAROL is an advisor for de-transitioned people, having gone through transition and de-transition herself. She is a co-founder of Detrans Voices: Detransition Stories, Resources, and Community and a member of LGB Alliance USA | Leading the Fight for Same-Sex Rights She currently co-facilitates a gender dysphoria support group for lesbian and bisexual women through LGB Alliance USA and continues to work on outreach and awareness around de-transition.

ERIN FRIDAY is a licensed attorney in California and the mom of a desister. She is co-leader of Our Duty, U.S. branch, a parent support group for parents of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoric kids.

T is the founder and national organizer of Lesbians United, a grassroots lesbian-only organization in the U.S. Lesbians United is creating public information campaigns both online and on the street to fight back against the anti-lesbian transgenderist movement.

ANN MENASCHE is a radical feminist, lesbian, socialist, political activist, and co-founder of Feminists in Struggle and Green Alliance for Sex-Based Rights. Growing up in the 1950’s and 60’s, she seriously thought about “transitioning” when she read about Christine Jorgensen, because she yearned for the career opportunities and authority only available to men. The advent of feminism helped her to accept herself for the first time as she dedicated herself to women’s liberation and radical social change.

FIST’s Feminist Forums series are interactive and organizing events. At our forums, women have an opportunity not only to hear interesting speakers on a variety of feminist topics but to meet each other, make comments, ask questions of the presenters and discuss feminist politics together. We also usually tape the events so they may be viewed later. Women in attendance are free to shut off their cameras and mute themselves, should they prefer to do so. If you prefer to remain anonymous within the group, or plan to sign in under a different name from the name you have used for registration and purchase of your ticket, please contact the organizer prior to the event. Thanks.

While some of our events are open to both men and women, THIS IS A FEMALE ONLY EVENT. We ask that our male allies respect our right to meet together as women.

Update on SB 107 & 923

SB 107 and SB 923, the “Gender-Affirming” healthcare bills are both now in the California Assembly Appropriations Committee and are scheduled for a hearing on August 3rd.

Please call, write, fax, and tweet the members of the CA Assembly Appropriations Committee and urge them to Vote NO on #SB923. Contact info here. Sample tweets/posts here.

Please Submit a Statement! Regardless of where you reside, you can submit statements on the following website:

For talking points and contact info for the Appropriations Committee, see: CA Appropriations Committee – SB 107 & 923.

Update on SB 923 – Hearing on Tuesday 6-21!!

The next step for SB 923 is the hearing in the California Assembly Health Committee on this coming Tuesday, June 21st, at 1:30 p.m. There will be no phone-in testimony for this hearing; in person only. If you are able to attend in person, go to California Assembly, 1021 O Street, Room 1100, Sacramento, California 95814-5704.  To livestream the hearing, go to: Assembly Health Committee hearing.

Please call all members of the health committee and urge them to vote NO on SB 923!  If you’re on Twitter, tweet @JimWoodAD2, @MarieWaldron75, @drarambulaAD31, @FrankBigelowCA, @AsmCarrillo, @HeathFloraCA, @BMaienschein, @ChadMayes, @AsmKevinMcCarty, @adrin_nazarian, @AsmLuzRivas, @AsmRodriguez52, @SantiagoAD53.


Senator Scott Wiener of California has introduced a bill, SB 923, “Gender Affirming Care” that would require all medical personnel in California to subscribe to gender ideology and submit to “cultural competency training” by trans activists.  It has now passed both the Health Committee and the Appropriations Committee and is headed to the floor for consideration on May 23rd, 2022!
We are asking everyone to call all the members of the California Senate and tell them to oppose SB 923. A list of talking points can be found here.


Call the Senate and oppose Rachel (formerly Richard) Levine’s nomination as Assistant Health Secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  In his alacrity to elevate trans “rights”, Biden has made a point of appointing Levine, a trans-identified male, to this important position.  As was made clear by his refusal to answer pertinent questions by Senator Rand Paul about his views on medicalization of minors, he will undoubtedly be pushing for “affirmative” treatment which will include not only puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, but surgery as well.  This is medical experimentation on children who cannot give informed consent, and Levine’s nomination to this powerful position should be opposed as irreversible harm has been done by these interventions.

SENATE PHONE NUMBER IS: 202-224-3121. Press #1 for Senate, ask for your state, then select your senators, one at a time and speak to the staff or leave a message.  Also please call as many of the senators on the  Health, Education, & Labor Committee as you can and tweet them.

You may also wish to write an email in addition, but calling is more effective.  Here are some sample tweets:

CALL THE SENATE at 202-224-3121 TO OPPOSE #LEVINENOMINATION for ASSISTANT HEALTH SECRETARY-We believe Levine would pose a serious threat 2 health&safety of children due to refusing to answer questions regarding the medicalization of minors assoc’d w/ ‘affirmative’ treatment RTWT

CALL THE SENATE at 202-224-3121 TO OPPOSE #LEVINENOMINATION for ASSISTANT HEALTH SECRETARY-We believe Levine would pose a serious threat to health & safety of children due to refusing to answer questions regarding the use of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgery RTWT

CALL THE SENATE at 202-224-3121 TO OPPOSE #LEVINENOMINATION for ASSISTANT HEALTH SECRETARY-We believe Levine would pose a serious threat to health & safety of children as ‘affirmative’ treatment=harmful medical experimentation on children who cannot give informed consent. RTWT

@SenatorBurr @SenatorCollins @MurkowskiS @SenTuberville @RogerMarshallMD @SenatorRomney @JerryMoran @RandPaul @SenBillCassidy @SenatorBraun @SenatorTimScott RTWT


@SenBobCasey @SenMurphyOffice @SenatorHassan @SenJackyRosen @SenatorHick @SenatorBern @SenatorBaldwin @timkaine @SenTinaSmith @SenatorLujan RTWT