Hawaiian Governor David Ige, a Democrat, signed three pro-LGBTQ bills into law last week. 

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At the signing ceremony at Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Ige said, “Collectively, these 3 bills are critical in supporting the LGBTQ+ members in our communities,” said Ige. “They will help us identify social and community issues more effectively and ensure that we can work to prevent discrimination in many areas of our society.”

 

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The first bill, HB2405, or the Gender Affirming Treatment Act, prohibits insurance providers “from applying categorical cosmetic or blanket exclusions to gender-affirming treatments or procedures when determined to be medically necessary.”

SB2136 prohibits the exclusion of jurors on the basis of “gender identity or expression.”

SB2670 makes the State’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus commission permanent. 

Out State Representative Adrian Tam, a Democrat, who was at the signing said, “My hope is that we send a strong message across the nation that while some states are looking backwards, Hawaii will continue to move forward.”

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