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Commission 2014

Wilton Manors city council says no to transgender health care bill

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.”

Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors ranks in "Top 10 Gay Zip codes

Well in the most recent ranking Chicago’s “Boystown” comes out on top followed by Palm Springs 92264, Provincetown’s 02657, Palm Springs 92262, Wilton Manors 33305, West Hollywood 90069, San Francisco’s  94131, Dallas’s 75219, Rehoboth Beach’s 19971 and suburban Detroit’s Pleasant Ridge’s 48069 zip code.

South Florida had several other high ranking zip codes as Miami Beach’s 33139, 33132 and Fort Lauderdale’s 33301, 33306, 33308, 33309, 33334, 33311. Read the following report from the Huffington Post ranking the cities.

The people have spoken and the best gay neighborhood in the world, apparently, can be found right in the heart of the Midwest.

Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood was voted the world’s most “incomparable” gay neighborhood by the readers of Out Traveler, beating out runner-up The Mission in San Francisco.

The magazine notes that Boystown, technically East Lake View, was the nation’s first officially-designated gayborhood and adds that it has “everything you could want: bars, clubs, restaurants, architecture, walkability, its own El stop” and, very shortly, marriage equality.

Other nominees Chicago topped in the category, according to DNAinfo Chicago, were Hollywood’s Boystown, Madrid’s Chueca and Barcelona’s Eixample.