February 26, 2014 at 5:47 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
D.C. mayor to announce trans health insurance policy
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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

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.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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