Gavin Christopher Newsom (born October 10, 1967) is an American politician and businessman who is the 40th governor of California, serving since January 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the 49th lieutenant governor of California from 2011 to 2019 and as the 42nd mayor of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011.
Gov. Gavin Newsom could make California a sanctuary state for transgender youth as a bill to secure gender-affirming care reaches his desk.The California Senate and Assembly have passed a bill that would prevent other states from taking legal action against California medical providers that provide care to patients from states where gender-affirming treatment is restricted.The bill would protect health care providers in the event of lawsuits and would require that medical information be kept private.
It also would prevent California police from arresting in-state providers for violating other states' laws and would make out-of-state warrants a low priority.Equality California, California’s largest LGBTQ+ advocacy group and the largest queer statewide organization in the country, is a cosponsor of the bill.“Attacks on the transgender community are not new,” the group wrote in a statement explaining its support for the bill, The Sacramento Bee repors. “But we are experiencing alarmingly blatant attempts to use legislation, policy, and political rhetoric to restrict or eliminate the autonomy, freedom, and existence of transgender people across the country.”Since March, more than 300 anti-LGBTQ bills proposed by state legislators across the country.
Half pointedly target transgender individuals. SB 107 comes in response to states such as Alabama and Arkansas that have passed laws banning gender-affirming care for trans youth, although those laws are temporarily blocked by court proceedings.“One particularly pernicious type of anti-transgender legislation that several states have passed or are considering is legislation to prevent gender-affirming medical care,” says a Senate floor analysis of SB 107, according to the Bee.The.
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