Transgender Persons, and LGBTQ Have Been Last, So They Shall Be First
LGBTQ Rights are Human Rights. Transgender people have suffered long enough. Their rights and protections have been pushed to the bottom so often that when Seth is governor trans rights will be a first priority. Yes, there have been great strides made to support LGB people in our state, but there are still so many hurdles to jump over. Trans students have to fight to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity. Trans men and women suffer from depression and suicidal ideation at alarmingly high rates as compared to their LGB siblings. We must make New Jersey safer and more inclusive for everyone in the LGBTQ community.
While a few insurance companies in New Jersey cover mental health therapy, sex reassignment surgeries and hormone prescriptions, most do not. This is unacceptable. New Jersey must pave the way for the support the LGBTQ community needs and deserves within our proposed universal healthcare system and until it is implemented.
LGBTQ teen and adult homelessness is at an all time high in our region, as well. Too often, LGBTQ teens are thrown out of their homes when they come out to their families. These teens have no one to turn to. There is not one LGBT teen or adult homeless shelter in our state. Seth will make a point of addressing this critical issue on two fronts: the personal - to keep kids from being kicked out in the first place - and the systemic - to create safe spaces for these children to live and grow up.
Also, education about the LGBTQ community, specifically trans people, is essential for our state to move forward and grow. These educational opportunities should be made available in hospitals, medical offices, schools, corporate offices and branches of government. Everyone in New Jersey should be educated about sexual and gender identity.