Sacramento becomes sanctuary city for transgender people

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03/29/2024

Sacramento is a sanctuary city for transgender people following the City Council’s unanimous vote Tuesday night. While California was already a sanctuary state, the city’s resolution, which takes effect immediately, specifically ensures that local funds are not used to aid law enforcement from other jurisdictions in their attempts to prosecute the families of minors receiving gender-affirming care or their healthcare providers. ‘More than symbolic’ Council member Katie Valenzuela, who sponsored the resolution, said during the council meeting that it’s “more than symbolic” and “we see this as a strengthening measure.”  “This is more than just protecting the people who live here,” Valenzuela said. “This is also about protecting people who come here from other communities to ensure that we’re not aiding law enforcement activities in their home jurisdiction who may seek to criminalize their quest for healthcare.”

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