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Wisconsin county considers sanctuary status for transgender kids

A Wisconsin county is considering a resolution declaring sanctuary status for self-identified “transgender and nonbinary individuals,” including children.

Board supervisors in Dane County, which includes the state capital of Madison, will vote on a resolution “declaring Dane County a sanctuary for trans and nonbinary individuals,” at the county board meeting this Thursday after it was referred to the executive committee earlier this month.

“In this hostile environment, some cities and counties across the country are taking steps to support and protect trans and nonbinary individuals,” the resolution states. “Dane County values its transgender and nonbinary residents and vigorously opposes measures that would allow legal violence toward trans people in accessing gender-affirming care or expression.”

The resolution states the county’s position that it’s a “fundamental right” for children to access sex-reassignment drugs and procedures. 

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“BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Dane County be considered a safe place, a sanctuary, for transgender children and adults and their families,” it adds.

The resolution calls on school boards in the county to follow suit and says a copy of the resolution will be sent to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, as well as state and local lawmakers and officials.

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