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New York becomes gender-treatment 'safe haven' for minors

"These new laws will enshrine our state as a beacon of hope, a safe haven for trans youth and their families, and ensure we continue to lead the nation on LGBTQ+ rights," she said.

Published: June 26, 2023 5:39pm

New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed legislation to make the Empire State a "safe haven" for minors seeking gender-related treatments.

"As the birthplace of the modern movement for LGBTQ+ rights, New York is proud to protect, defend and affirm our LGBTQ+ community," the governor said Sunday. "From Stonewall to Marriage Equality to GENDA, New Yorkers have been on the forefront of the fight for equal rights."

"Now, as other states target LGBTQ+ people with bigotry and fearmongering, New York is fighting back," she continued. "These new laws will enshrine our state as a beacon of hope, a safe haven for trans youth and their families, and ensure we continue to lead the nation on LGBTQ+ rights." 

The measure she signed bars state courts from considering the laws of other states permitting the removal of children from their parent should they allow the minor to receive gender-related treatments amid a custody battle. It also prohibits law enforcement from cooperating with other states in connection with such laws, even in the face of a subpoena. Other measures the governor signed require the use of gender-neutral language in new laws and on state websites. 

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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