It appears the city of Wilton Manors leaders have said no for transgender health benefits that would assist in their transitioning. The city council all had different responses that varied from the proposed bill lead by City Commissioner Julie Carson. But the overall result came up short and not able to pass.
This bill was thought to be very likely of passing in this left leaning liberal city in Broward County. The city of San Francisco passed this ten years and have allowed for transgender many added benefits.
“It’s the right thing to do. Care is affordable and should not be excluded,” Carson said. In her advocacy, she cited the high suicide rate among transgender individuals and how medical and mental health professionals have deemed transgender procedures as medically necessary to the health and well-being of individuals who identify as a different gender than the one they were born into. She called it “disgraceful” the city did not provide benefits and that she had brought the issue up multiple times in the past, meeting resistance each time.
The cost associated with some of the needs from a transgender person can be into the tens of thousands or more. Commissioner Tom Green said he couldn’t justify having the city and its employees pay more per year for insurance. “Who knows when this will be used,” said Green. “I’m for the idea. Not now. Not this.”