Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas (US Air Force photo by Major Shelley Ecklebe via Wikipedia) The day after the Missouri Legislature voted to ban gender-affirming care for transgender minors and restrict such care for some trans adults, officials in Kansas City, the state’s largest city, approved a resolution declaring KC to be a sanctuary city for trans folks of all ages seeking healthcare.
City officials approved the resolution last Thursday, May 11, on a 12-1 vote, basically telling the homophobes in the legislature to … well, you know.
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said his city is committed to being a “welcoming, inclusive and safe place for everyone, including our transgender and LGBTQ+ community, according to NBC news. The resolution says the city won’t prosecute or fine any person or organization that seeks, provides, receives or helps someone get gender-affirming care such as puberty blockers, hormones on transition surgery.
It also says if the state passes a law imposing criminal or civil punishments or professional sanctions of any sort related to gender-affirming, enforcing such a law will be the city’s “lowest priority.” Republicans across the country who are passing and trying to prohibit gender-affirming care — including here in Texas where a homophobic legislature just passed SB 14 — claim they are just trying to protect children.