Friday, December 12, 2014

Today On The Signorile Show!

3:35pm ET - This week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York sent a letter to insurance companies warning them that they will no longer be allowed to deny gender reassignment surgery or other treatments like hormone therapy, if a doctor has deemed that treatment medically necessary.  Stating that because state law requires insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders, people who are found to have a mismatch between their birth sex and their internal sense of gender are entitled to insurance coverage for treatments related to that condition, called gender dysphoria.  Joining us today to discuss this letter and how it will help New York’s Transgender community is Ezra Young, a lawyer who has worked on a variety of transgender issues in several states and works with Dr. Jillian Weiss, a frequent guest on the show.  You can also follow Ezra on twitter.

4:35pm ET - Earlier this year and analysis by the NYCLU revealed that innocent New Yorkers have been subjected to police stops and street interrogations more than 4 million times since 2002, and that black and Latino communities continue to be the overwhelming target of these tactics.  These street searches and interrogations are commonly known as “stop-and-frisk”, and the revelation of the extent to which they were used caused outrage in New York and helped lead to the election of Mayor Bill De Blasio who pledged to end the practice.  Yet what most people may be unaware of is that these stop-and-frisk tactics pale in comparison to another police strategy known as the “jump-out”.  Joining us today to talk about this practice and how it is affecting the African American community in Washington D.C. is Nicole Flatow, the deputy editor of ThinkProgress Justice.  You can also follow Nicole on twitter.

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