LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Last week we saw the state of New York require that insurance companies cover gender reassignment surgery or other treatments deemed necessary by doctors of trans residents. In addition, the city of New York removed a provision that required surgery before birth certificates can be updated.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo warned insurers ‘they may not exclude coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of gender dysphoria.’ According to a report in the New York Times, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund stated that New York is the 9th state to make this mandate along with the District of Columbia. The other states are: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.
Also last week, a bill that eliminates the surgery requirement prior to changing a birth certificate gender ID marker passed overwhelmingly by the New York City council. Democrat city councilor Corey Johnson sponsored the bill.
Trans progress keeps marching along — even if it’s only in the blue states.
t/h Rikki Messercola
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