He issued an executive order on Tuesday indicating that, unlike in some Republican-controlled states, New Jersey is open and welcoming to everybody regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
In addition, he says New Jersey is a “safe haven” for those seeking gender-affirming care.
Gov. Phil Murphy directed all state departments and agencies to implement protective measures to protect gender-affirming healthcare providers and recipients with his executive order 326.
The Williams Institute at UCLA reports that more than 30,000 nonbinary and transgender people live in New Jersey.
According to the order, individuals who provide, receive, or otherwise facilitate gender-affirming healthcare services legal in New Jersey cannot be extradited to another state.
Moreover, the order prohibits New Jersey officials from cooperating with other states’ investigations into whether someone sought medical care in New Jersey and prevents extradition.
Currently, four states ban transgender youth health care, and 110 state laws restrict or attack the rights of transgender youth, according to the ACLU. »