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Victory! Connecticut Lifts Medicaid Ban on Transgender Health Care

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The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) applauds the state of Connecticut for making transition-related health care available through its Medicaid program. Connecticut becomes the 7th jurisdiction to expand Medicaid coverage for transgender health care. Yesterday, Connecticut’s Legislative Regulation Review Committee approved a regulation that repeals the ban on coverage for the treatment of gender dysphoria, the diagnostic term used to refer to discomfort or distress caused by a difference between a person’s gender identity and their sex assigned at birth. This regulation will go into effect once it is posted to the Connecticut Secretary of State’s website, likely within the next 30 days.

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Kentucky Bill Targeting Transgender Students for Discrimination Fails to Pass

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The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) responded to news that the Kentucky Legislature had failed to pass legislation that targeted transgender students for discrimination. Introduced by Kentucky State Senator CB Embry, Jr., the bill would have barred transgender students from using bathrooms and locker rooms that match who they are as boys and girls. Last night Kentucky’s legislative session ended without the bill advancing.

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Victory! New York State Lifts Medicaid Ban on Transgender Health Care

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The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) applauds news that transgender New Yorkers covered by Medicaid can now access the medically necessary health care they have been denied for nearly two decades. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health have officially adopted a new regulation that ends the 17-year-old exclusion of transgender health care from New York’s Medicaid program.

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Dolce & Gabbana Break The Internet Coming Out Against Gay Parenthood, Elton John Cries Vendetta

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A debate regarding same-sex couples and children was ignited over the weekend from the most unusual place: comments by openly-gay couple Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who in an interview spoke of the “classical” family saying “no [to] chemical children and [a] rented uterus.”