PITTSBURGH, PA — (09-13-23) — Pittsburgh City Council passed two bills Tuesday, both of which are aimed at protecting gender-affirming care for the city’s LGBTQ population. The two bills, sponsored by Councilmembers Barb Warwick, Bobby Wilson, and Bruce Kraus, passed at a time where LGBT laws and protections are handled differently, depending on which state one lives in.

Currently we have 26 states that have restricted gender-affirming care and 20 states that have introduced legislation that would criminalize it. All 26 states are governed by Republicans.

In Pennsylvania, no such law exists, but one was recently introduced in the state House that would impose civil liability on providers of such care.

One of the bills passed on Tuesday will make Pittsburgh a “sanctuary city” regarding gender-affirming services. If Republicans are successful at passing laws that will make such services illegal nationwide or in Pennsylvania, city officials say this bill would direct law enforcement to deprioritize the enforcement of such anti-LGBT laws.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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