The City of Cincinnati is now offering health insurance to municipal employees and their spouses that will cover transgender surgeries.
Cincinnati is the first Ohio city to offer such a benefit. Cincinnati leaders hope the move will attract more residents and jobs. Meanwhile, Columbus Public Health officials have launched an initiative to decrease the disparities in health care for the LGBT community. One in five transgendered Ohioans say they've been refused medical care due to their identity. Nearly one third postpone necessary procedures due to discrimination. 44 percent of transgendered Ohioans say they have attempted suicide - 27 times the rate of the general population.The agency is hosting a forum on the issue tonight at its offices on Parsons Avenue.
More information on the initiative may be found through this link: