- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The city of Providence is extending transition-related health coverage for employees and retirees who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming.

Officials say the city is extending health insurance coverage for gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy, and behavioral health care in order to be more inclusive.

Mayor Jorge Elorza has appointed deputy chief of staff Marisa O’Gara as the city’s new lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender liaison.

The city also plans to designate gender-neutral bathrooms at City Hall, the Public Safety Complex, and the Providence school department.

Elorza says there are about 90 other cities extending coverage already.

He did not have any hard numbers on the plan’s costs.

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