shows a man in a white coat standing at a podium and talking through a microphone. A sign on the podium reads, "Protect trans youth health care" while others behind him hold signs reading: Protect LGBTQ Youth, Trans Youth Belong and Tust Doctors, not politicians.

Riley Smith, a family physician who works in Durham, provides gender-affirming care for adolescents. He said that as a queer teen in a North Carolina school, teachers were key in helping him feel like his experience could be “normal thing.” Credit: Rose Hoban

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