As States Target Trans Kids, NY Lawmakers Vote to Let Homeless Teens Make Their Own Health Decisions

The legislation would amend existing public health law to empower children under age 18 who are classified as “runaway or homeless youth,” or RHY, to give consent for medical, dental, health and hospital services, and comes amid a wave of legislation targeting trans kids elsewhere in the nation.

NYC Council/William Alatriste

Dental care at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, which offers healthcare services for LGBTQ+ New Yorkers.

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