Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Marriage isn't the only issue.

New Protections for Transgender Federal Workers - NYTimes.com

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John Berry, the director of the federal agency in charge of such workplace issues, the Office of Personnel Management, said in an interview on Tuesday that the administration was not trying to hide its work on the new provisions. Mr. Berry noted that he had mentioned them last week at a news briefing about the president’s same-sex benefits plan, though it came up only briefly in a discussion that mostly focused on the complaints.
Ok, so the same-sex benefits plan doesn't include health care or retirement benefits. And there was the motion to dimiss the DOMA case. Surely there's a lot to complain about. But there's still a lot more headway to be made in terms of other LGBT human rights issues, especially in terms of transgender issues. It's just sad to see that this news item got lost under all the complaints. It's still a long road to same-sex marriage across all 50 states, and I think we can make even more progress on other issues. And while I wish that there was more press coverage of the legislation guaranteeting protection, I can appreciate President Obama sneaking it through. He's making steps, albeit little, towards full-equality for LGBT persons. We'll see if this strategy works.

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