Transgender Law Center Energized by Progress

San Francisco – Today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) published the 2012 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) which evaluates the inclusiveness of corporate policies towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender people. The most striking findings this year pertain to the huge increase in transgender inclusive policies, particularly those offering health care coverage to transgender employees.

Transgender Law Center is highlighting several key findings in the report:

  • 80% of rated employers include gender identity protections in their non-discrimination policies.
  • Back in 2002, when the CEI began, it was only 5%. Today over 200 major U.S. businesses include transgender -inclusive health care coverage that provides medically necessary transition-related care, tripling since last year.
  • 50% of Fortune 500 companies now include gender identity in their employment nondiscrimination policy, a dramatic growth of 1,567% since 2002.

In the last year, Transgender Law Center has worked to change laws, worked with numerous public and private employers to improve internal polices and educated employers on obtaining equitable health benefits. Most recently, Transgender Law Center helped Google develop and implement a comprehensive health insurance plan for transgender employees that includes transition-related care and is considered a “gold standard” role-model.

“While transgender people, especially people of color, continue to face discrimination at every level of society, we are inspired to see that more than ever businesses are realizing that healthy employees whose human dignity is respected make for a more motivated workplace,” said Masen Davis, Executive Director.”We extend our deepest thanks to all of the companies who have courageously stepped up for equality and we applaud the Human Rights Campaign and all the other organizations who were the catalyst for this wave of equality. We feel more energized than ever to make sure 100% of companies offer equal protections and health care coverage to transgender people. An end to discrimination in the workplace will transform the lives of thousands of struggling families.”

For more information about the HRC CEI please visit: http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/corporate-equality-index-2011