Transgender Law Center’s Legal Director, Ilona Turner, was featured on ABC 7’s Beyond the Headlines. She was joined by Claire Farley, Cecilia Chung, and Stephanie Perron.

From ABC7:

ABC7’s Emmy award-winning public affairs show, “Beyond the Headlines,” provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, “Beyond the Headlines” airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.

November 18, 2012
Transgender Issues
Hosted by ABC7’s Cheryl Jennings

This week’s episode of “Beyond the Headlines” looks at the widespread discrimination faced by transgender people. They are people born in a body that does not match their gender identity.

According to the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the transgender community experiences unemployment at twice the rate of the national average.

In November 2012, San Francisco’s Health Commission voted to establish a transgender program, including sexual re-assignment surgery, as part of the city’s universal healthcare plan. The landmark decision makes San Francisco the first city in the United States to approve such a measure.

We talk about employment and healthcare challenges in the transgender community and explore resources that are available for people who want to learn more about transitioning.

Today’s guests include local leaders who speak about their personal experiences and about the programs their respective organizations offer.

Studio Guests

Clair Farley
Manager of Employment Services
San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center

Ilona Turner
Legal Director
Transgender Law Center

Cecilia Chung
Health Commissioner
City and County of San Francisco

Stephanie Perron
LGBTQ Community Center (“Our Space”), BAYC