Spotlight: La Crosse sued for gender identity ordinance

MADISON — In the city of La Crosse, medical and mental health professionals who attempt to “change behaviors or gender expressions” of minors can face a $1,000 fine, even lose their licenses. In short, they either toe the liberal line on gender transitions for children or pay the price.

Now the city of La Crosse faces a lawsuit for infringing on the First Amendment rights of health care workers.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) on Thursday filed a  federal lawsuit against the city on behalf of Joy Buchman, a licensed mental health professional and owner of Kinsman Redeemer Counseling Center, LLC. The suit challenges the city’s ordinance that penallizing medical or mental health professionals if they express certain prohibited viewpoints relating to sexual orientation or gender identity when counseling their minor patients.

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