(Sacramento, CA) – Today, Assembly Bill 2218, authored by Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and co-authored by Assembly Member Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) passed out of Assembly Health Committee with a 12-1 vote. Sponsored by a broad coalition of transgender-led organizations, this bill will provide critical medical and direct supportive services for transgender, gender non-conforming and/or intersex people, otherwise known as TGI.
“Everyone should have equal access to health care regardless of their gender identity,” said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago. “California’s TGI community is facing obstacles in receiving safe, non-discriminatory, comprehensive care, and COVID-19 has exacerbated these existing health care disparities. This fund will provide the means to create programs where TGI-identified people can receive safe, competent, and inclusive health care and other social services.”