Annette Bening and Warren Beatty‘s transgender son, Stephen Ira, has appeared in a PSA advocating for medical benefit-availability for transgender patients in New York. That state currently has Medicaid regulations that exclude transgender people from healthcare.
Ira’s is the first face seen in the short video, talking about how the 21-year-old college student can’t even feel welcome in a place like New York City because of healthcare issues.
“I grew up outside of New York, but I’ve always known I’ve wanted to move here for the city’s vibrant artistic community,” Ira explains. “As a trans person, I would hope that I’d be welcomed but many trans people aren’t because we don’t have the basic healthcare coverage we need to survive.”
The PSA, produced by GLAAD and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, features several activists and medical providers arguing for changing the regulations. At no point in the video are Ira’s famous parents mentioned.
As the eldest of Bening and Beatty’s four children, Ira has said he was 14 when he first openly acknowledged his transgender status. Neither of his parents has commented publicly on this matter.