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Bill to protect access to gender-affirming care scrutinized by lawmakers

New York City officials are weighing new legislation in the state Senate that would seek to make the state a safe haven for transgender youth by protecting access to gender-affirming care.

The bill would ensure that children could not be removed from the custody of parents who allow their children to receive gender-affirming care.

This would prohibit law enforcement from cooperating with or providing information to any individual or outside service regarding the gender-affirming care provided to a patient.

Finally, the bill would also protect the health information of those who receive gender-affirming care and the physicians who provide it.

The bill was introduced in response to other states deciding to restrict or ban such child care.

The bill’s main sponsor, Manhattan State Senator Brad Holyman, appeared on “Mornings on 1” on National Coming Out Day to discuss the legislation.

According to Holyman, New York has long led the way in the fight for LGBTQ rights.

“New York is a beacon for civil rights and civil liberties across this country and, I would say, the world,” Holyman said. “We are taking a stand here today in New York to say to transgender children, non-binary people and their families, we have your back. New York welcomes you for this type of medical procedure and we will not cooperate with any other state that is waging war against you and your families.

Holyman added that New York should consider creating a fund for those who cannot afford their gender-affirming care, though he highlighted the work national organizations are doing to help as a success.

The number of teens and young adults in the United States who identify as transgender has doubled in the past five years, according to a study Williams at UCLA Law School published this summer.

The study found that 1.4% of 13-17 year olds and 1.3% of 18-24 year olds identify as transgender; five years ago, both figures were 0.7%.

Holyman is expected to attend a rally later today to raise awareness of the bill he is sponsoring, as well as to celebrate National Coming Out Day.

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