New Yorkers to rally for bill that will make state a safe haven for transgender youth
LGBTQ+ advocates and elected officials will stand in solidarity on Tuesday in downtown Manhattan to support a bill that will protect transgender youth and their families.
The bill will ensure that transgender youth cannot be separated from their parents for aiding in their access to gender-affirming care. It will protect the information of people who come to New York for care, the doctors providing it and will prevent law enforcement from cooperating with other states' investigations into legal care as well.
"There are attacks on the queer community, specifically against transgender youth, across state legislature all over the country," said state Sen. Jabari Brisport. The senator, who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, specifically cites Florida's so-called "Don't Say Gay" bill and called on officials to "make a dedicated effort to say it's okay to be queer."
The state legislature recently passed a wellness equity fund for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals that Brisport says will make sure that all insurance companies cover PrEP, a prescription medication that lowers one's chance of getting HIV.