Lawmakers in 19 states, together with Georgia, desire a authorized sanctuary for trans youth

Democratic lawmakers in more than a dozen states are following California’s example in trying to provide legal sanctuary for displaced transgender youth and their families.

The coordinated effort, announced Tuesday by the LGBTQ Victory Institute and other advocates, comes in response to recent action taken in conservative states. In Texas, for example, Gov. Gregg Abbott has ordered state agencies to consider placing transgender children in foster care, despite a judge temporarily blocking such investigations. And several states have approved measures banning gender-affirming health treatments for transgender youth.