TLC congratulates the city of Long Beach for making the health of their transgender workers a priority. The city’s leadership, including the city manager and vice-mayor, collaborated with local activist Porter Gilberg and other community members to include trans-inclusive benefits in health plans for city employees this week. Long Beach joins the growing list of municipalities that include health benefits for trans workers; other California cities with inclusive benefits include San Francisco and Berkeley.

More and more employers are opting to negotiate with insurance carriers on trans health benefits, as trans people and our health disparities become more visible. For more on TLC’s work on health care, check out our recent posts about statewide changes to PPO and HMO plans and the state’s employee pension fund, CalPERS.