Providence city officials say they want to be more inclusive of transgender employees and retirees. That includes extending health insurance coverage for gender reassignment surgery.
Providence officials say the city’s health plan will now cover a suite of services for employees and retirees who identify as transgender. That includes gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy, and behavioral health care.
Mayor Jorge Elorza has also appointed his deputy chief of staff Marisa O’Gara as the city’s new lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender liaison. O’Gara will serve as a resource for LGBT residents.
What’s more, the city has announced it will designate gender-neutral bathrooms at City Hall, the Public Safety Complex, and the Providence school department.