NEW YORK — The transgender son of a Hollywood power couple appears in a new public service announcement championing trans health care, several news outlets reported this week.
Stephen Ira, the 21-year-old son of Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, joined GLAAD and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project for the video “Healthcare for all: Give trans people access to the care they need.” Ira comments in the video about New York State’s Medicaid regulation that excludes transgender people.
“I grew up outside of New York, but I’ve always known I’ve wanted to move here for the city’s vibrant artistic community,” he says in the video posted to YouTube Nov. 15. “As a trans person, I would hope that I’d be welcomed, but many trans people aren’t because we don’t have the basic healthcare coverage that we need to survive.”
Ira has previously said he started transitioning when he was 14. His parents have not commented publicly on his gender identity, E! News reports.