June 5, 2015 at 5:02 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Providence extends trans coverage
Providence, gay news, Washington Blade

Providence, R.I. (Photo by Will Hart; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The city of Providence is extending transition-related health coverage for employees and retirees who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming, the Sun Herald reports.

Officials say the city is extending health insurance coverage for gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy and behavioral health care in order to be more inclusive, the article said.

Mayor Jorge Elorza has appointed deputy chief of staff Marisa O’Gara as the city’s new LGBT liaison.

The city also plans to designate gender-neutral bathrooms at City Hall, the Public Safety Complex and the Providence school department. Elorza says there are about 90 other cities extending coverage already. He did not have any hard numbers on the plan’s costs, the Sun Herald reports.

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