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'Trans refuge' law draws some to Minnesota, and providers are struggling to meet the demand

No one knew exactly what to expect after lawmakers passed a proposal last year making Minnesota a refuge for those seeking gender-affirming care.

"Is it going to be five people moving here, or is it going to be hundreds?" said Aaron Zimmerman, executive director of the LGBTQ nonprofit PFund Foundation. "It's a huge lift to pick up your life and move, the cost of it alone."

In a span of six months after the law passed, more than 150 people have said they're planning to move to Minnesota alone or with their families from states as far away as Texas, Tennessee and Florida, according to an online survey put together by LGBTQ groups in the state. People who reached out for help were directed to the survey, though groups think the number of families moving is higher. The influx is prompting legislation this session seeking funding to help people relocate here.


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