Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the City will begin covering gender reassignment services under its insurance policy for all non-union City employees, making Chicago the largest city with this type of provision, the Chicago Tribune reports. The decision to provide health care coverage for transgender City employees comes after the ACLU of Illinois raised the issue with the City, after hearing reports of a City employee who had been denied coverage for gender affirming services under the City’s insurance plan.

"Chicago is known for being a city that is welcoming to all and inclusive of every resident, and this new policy is in line with our efforts to support the rights and the well-being of transgender individuals," Emanuel said in a statement.

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