Hochul signs intersex education and awareness bill

Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill Nov. 8 requiring the New York State Department of Health to conduct a public information campaign about medically unnecessary treatments performed on intersex individuals. Hochul signed the legislation on Intersex Day of Solidarity. 

The legislation, S.5399/A.5627, was sponsored by out gay State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal and Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright. The public awareness campaign aims to reduce the harm caused by treatments intersex youth are often subjected to when forced into a male-female binary, while also educating the public about the existence of people that are born with intersex traits.