- August 27, 2014
Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
This week the Cincinnati City Council voted to remove discriminatory anti-transgender exclusions from its employee health care policy, ensuring a wider range of access to medically necessary care for city employees.
Cincinnati joins cities like Atlanta and Rochester, N.Y., that offer transgender-inclusive health care benefits to their employees.
"While the financial impact of this change will be minimal, it is incredibly meaningful for people who were unable to access the care they required under the previous discriminatory policies,” said HRC Legislative Counsel for State and Municipal Advocacy Cathryn Oakley in an op-ed for Cincinnati.com.
Cincinnati was one of 129 cities rated in the 2013 Municipal Equality Index with policies to protect LGBT city employees from discrimination. HRC expects this year’s MEI report – set for release this November – will show a dramatic increase in the number of cities that provide such benefits.
To find out more about what cities are doing to support their LGBT residents and visitors, check out HRC's Municipal Equality Index.