NYC Declares ‘Sanctuary City’ For Minor Gender Changes

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) declared his city a sanctuary for minors seeking gender changes. Adams signed Executive Order 32 this week, which prevents the city from using resources against those who “sought, obtained, provided or facilitated gender-affirming care.”

The mayor cited a number of recent state laws which limit the ability for children to undergo gender-changing treatment. 

He said that his executive order “reaffirms the fact that hate has no place in our city and that all people deserve the right to gender-affirming care and protection against prosecution for being who they are.”

The mayor’s office released a statement from local politicians praising the move.

Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY) said that he was “incredibly proud” of the move, arguing that transgender youth “are enduring horrific attacks.” 

Former New York City Councilmember Daniel Dromm (D), cited “attacks on transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) communities around the nation.”

New York City was not the only government to declare itself a sanctuary for minors seeking gender changes. Last year, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill in place declaring the same. 

“In California we believe in equality and acceptance. We believe that no one should be prosecuted or persecuted for getting the care they need — including gender-affirming care,” he said.

Currently, the Golden State is considering a bill that would punish parents that do not “affirm” their children’s gender identity in custody battles.

According to the proposed AB 957, parents that did not acknowledge their child’s chosen gender identity would be considered a danger to the child’s welfare.

A number of states nationwide have limited gender changes for minors. Texas recently passed a bill that blocked such treatments for children. The Lone Star State also barred biological males from participating in women’s college sports.

Florida was one of the 20 states which barred such gender treatments for youths.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said that doctors that perform such surgeries on children should be prosecuted.

Last year, the governor said that “from the health and children wellbeing perspective, you don’t disfigure 10, 12, 13-year-old kids based on gender dysphoria, 80% of it resolves anyways by the time they get older.”

However, the new law has been blocked by a federal judge for the time being.