Senator Hoylman-Sigal’s Vision For A Safe Haven For Transgender Youth

June 25, 2023

During New York City’s Pride march, Governor Kathy Hochul signed State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal and Assembly Member Harry Bronson’s “Trans Safe Haven” bill (S2475B).

Making New York a safe haven for transgender youth, families, and their health care providers. 

State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said: “Today, on Pride, New York makes clear to the nation that our state welcomes transgender children and their families by protecting them and their physicians who provide gender-affirming care with the enactment of our Trans Safe Haven legislation. This legislation comes at a crucial time as right-wing lawmakers are waging a war against transgender children and their families across the country, with twenty states having already banned or restricted gender-affirming care for young people. I’m grateful to Governor Hochul, Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, and my legislative partner Assembly Member Bronson for their support of this vital legislation and continuing to make New York a leader in supporting LGBTQ rights.”

The legislation protects families and doctors from legal consequences for seeking or providing gender-affirming care to trans youth by:

  1. Ensuring that kids will not be separated from their parents for aiding in their access to gender-affirming care;
  2. Prohibiting law enforcement from cooperating with other states’ investigations regarding legal gender-affirming care;
  3. Protecting the health information of people who come to New York to receive gender-affirming care;
  4. Protecting health care professionals who provide gender-affirming care in New York.

Related: Find more content regarding transgender issues.

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