Mayor Vincent Gray is scheduled to announce on Thursday new steps the city plans to take to protect the transgender community from discrimination in health care, according to a statement released by the mayor’s office on Wednesday.
“Transgender individuals have historically been denied [health insurance] coverage for certain medically necessary health-care procedures,” the statement said. “This has resulted in a denial of benefits for some individuals because their gender identity or expression is different from their assigned sex at birth. The mayor and other District officials will clarify the District’s position regarding this issue,” the statement said.
The Blade will have coverage of the mayor’s action Thursday.