Rep. Mark Cohen to Introduce Transgender Rights Bills in New Session
Last spring, Philly Representative Mark Cohen announced that he would introduce Pennsylvania’s first transgender rights bill in the House. That, unfortunately, never came to be, because, as Philly trans activist Jordan Gwendolyn Davis tells me, of changes during the drafting process. But don’t fret, a new and more-specific series of bills are on their way.
In January, Cohen plans to introduce two bills: The Transgender Health Benefits Act, which, as Cohen states in a memorandum, would “require coverage of transition-related care, including hormone therapy, mental health, and surgery in all private, public, and Medicaid plans.” It would make Pennsylvania one of four states that have transgender healthcare coverage.
A Transgender Student Rights Bill, legislation that’s inspired by California’s “Success For All Students Act,” seeks to eliminate gender-based bias on campuses across the state. It “clarifies that students may live as their true gender identity, regardless of the sex listed on student records. Under this legislation, students would be able to follow the dress code, use facilities such as locker rooms and restrooms, and participate in athletic programs based on a students’ self-attested gender.”