Bill from LGBTQ lawmakers would turn New York into a transgender haven

New York lawmakers have counted New York among a number of states that this week introduced or announced legislation protecting access to health care and rights for transgender voters.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, 2021 was a record year for anti-transgender legislation. This year is even worse, according to Harry Bronson, a member of the New York State Assembly. More bills have already been passed this year in several states that ban gender-affirming care and that prohibit trans girls from participating in women’s sports teams, among other things.

Bronson joined New York Senator Brad Hoylman in introducing New York’s legislation, which has been characterized as a “trans-refuge” bill.

“As a society, we need to recognize the dignity and humanity inherent in others — especially our trans youth,” Bronson said. “Our Trans Safe Haven legislation will send a strong message that LGBTQ+ rights will always be protected in the Empire State.”

New York is one of three states to have recently introduced a trans-refugee bill, along with California and Minnesota. On May 3, several states passed more anti-trans laws, while 16 other states pledged to bring forward similar legislation.

Tal Moskowitz, 8, below, a transgender child, holds a sign as his parents Faigy Gelbstein, left, and Naomi Moskowitz, top right, of Long Island, hold separate signs during a rally to support transgender youth at Stonewall National Monument, Thursday, February 23, 2017 in New York.

The New York bill prohibits the divorce of parents or guardians of their child because they have allowed their child to receive gender-affirming care. That care includes hormone replacement therapy or puberty blockers, as well as performing medical procedures. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, gender-confirming surgeries are rarely performed on people under the age of 18.

In Alabama, healthcare providers could be charged as of Sunday with a felony for providing gender-affirming treatment to transgender people under the age of 19. The New York law does the opposite: it would protect caregivers caring for transgender patients from arrest.

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