I've had more than one person earnestly explain to me that this bill in Arkansas is good because parents were "chopping off" the sexual bits of their kids, or else forcing them to take "drugs" to change their sex.
(2) Also no
One gleeful bigot puts it like this: Parents are "chopping the breasts off of teenage girls."*
And another tells me that parents are doing this because they aren't happy with the little boy or little girl that was born to them, so they force their kids to change to the other gender.
(4) Good Lord, no
The thing is, giving kids puberty blockers is done for all sorts of reasons, as is hormonal treatment (including parental convenience. Note that this is the only actual case of a pre-adult child having her "breasts chopped off.") The Arkansas law only prohibits giving these drugs to trans kids. This is obvious and blatant discrimination. And fortunately the ACLU is on it.
Most "transitioning" done before the age of 18 involves things like allowing the child to wear their hair the way they like, and dress the way they like; calling the child by their new name, and using the preferred pronouns.
Nothing in that is either appalling or radical. But the bigots can't run with that, since they know how silly they would look, so they make up hateful lies and repeat them endlessly.
Like Goebbels, they know if they tell a big enough lie and repeat it often enough, people will believe it. And that it helps if you can get the state to enforce that lie.
I cannot stress enough that puberty blockers have been used for decades to delay puberty in cisgender kids who experience precocious (early) puberty. They're only considered new, dangerous, and experimental when identical drugs are given to trans and gender-expansive kids.— Tuck Woodstock (@tuckwoodstock) March 30, 2021
*I will not provide citations to any of these disgusting liars. Bigots don't get clicks.