Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has taken a resolute step to bolster the rights of individuals seeking, receiving, and providing gender-affirming care within the city. In a move highlighting the city’s commitment to LGBTQ+ issues, Mayor Kenney signed Executive Order number 4-23, prohibiting local government support for inquiries targeting those involved in gender-affirming care. This protective measure extends to both residents and visitors, reflecting Philadelphia’s unwavering stance against discrimination.
Mayor Kenney emphasized, “We won’t assist those seeking to discriminate against trans people,” reaffirming the city’s dedication to safeguarding the LGBTQ+ community. This action is particularly significant amidst a backdrop of increasing restrictions on transgender healthcare imposed by GOP-led states nationwide, exacerbating the challenges faced by transgender individuals in accessing essential care.
Philadelphia’s Executive Order aligns the city with a growing list of municipalities actively shielding transgender individuals from punitive legislative measures. This move holds particular significance in Philadelphia, renowned for its rich history of LGBTQ+ activism and its reputation as one of the most inclusive cities for LGBTQ+ individuals in the United States.
As other cities, including Pittsburgh and New York City, issue similar orders, Philadelphia stands at the forefront of affirming LGBTQ+ rights and combating discrimination. With more than 60,000 Philadelphians identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer, the city’s unwavering commitment to LGBTQ+ concerns remains steadfast. Mayor Kenney underscored, “Since the start of this administration, we have focused on advocating for LGBTQIA+ issues in all areas of City government.” In this challenging climate, Philadelphia’s Executive Order serves as a beacon of hope for transgender individuals seeking gender-affirming care and underscores the city’s enduring commitment to equality and inclusivity.