Dem-Led State Seeks To Become ‘Trans Refuge’

  • As GOP-controlled states move to ban pediatric gender-affirming care, Democrat-led states are increasingly casting themselves as safe havens for LGBTQ youth.
  • In Minnesota, state Rep. Leigh Finke, the state’s first transgender lawmaker, introduced a bill in January to declare the North Star State “a trans refuge state by protecting trans people, their families, and medical practitioners from the legal repercussions of traveling to Minnesota to receive gender-affirming care.”
  • Kat Rohn, executive director of OutFront Minnesota — the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization — testified in support of the bill at a Jan. 31 committee hearing on the measure.
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