The City of Rochester will begin offering transgender medical benefits under its employee health plan beginning in January.
Mayor Lovely Warren and Councilman Matt Haag made that announcement at the Empire State Pride Agenda's Spring Dinner on Saturday.
The city will pay for gender reassignment surgery, counseling, hormone therapy and cosmetic or reconstructive surgery. Rochester is one of a handful of cities doing this including Seattle, San Francisco and the District of Columbia. Boston is considering a similar measure.
Rochester is seeking to raise its "Municipal Equality Index," which is its friendliness to LGBT people.