Will Nevada’s Legislature Protect Transgender Foster Kids?

Assemblyman Araujo will propose an assembly bill
to protect transgender foster youth on February 20th in Carson City. Under
AB-99, Nevada institutions that work with foster youth will be required to
complete 2 hours of LGBTQ cultural competency training. In addition,
providers are mandated to treat transgender foster children as the gender
with which they identify.

The Nevada Division of Child and Family Services and the Gay and Lesbian
Community Center of Southern Nevada collaborated on the development of AB-99
to prevent anti-LGBTQ discrimination in the foster care system.

Nevadans who support the fair treatment of transgender foster youth are
encouraged to attend the AB-99 Committee Meeting at the Grant Sawyer Building
(555 E Washington Ave. #5100, Las Vegas, NV 89101) at 1:30 P.M. on Monday,
February 20th, 2017 (President’s Day).

Tristan Torres is a former foster youth who is transgender. He experienced
the effects of anti-LGBTQ bias at the hands of caregivers and state
employees. Tristan is now a passionate activist and advocate for transgender
youth in the juvenile justice and foster care systems. For more information,
contact: Tristan Torres at tristan_t@live.com or 702-541-3244.

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