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HRC Offers New Resource to Make Workplaces More Equitable for Transgender Employees

Transgender Equality IndexPost submitted by Paul Guequierre, HRC Staff

Today the HRC Workplace Project released their latest resource in the effort to make workplaces more fair and equal for America’s transgender workers. Transgender-Inclusive Health Care Coverage and the Corporate Equality Index is a white paper full of information on transgender-inclusive health care coverage, including relevant concepts and vocabulary as well as specific guidance on meeting the CEI criteria.  The white paper is an educational tool for employers engaged in the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey on policies and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. 

In the decade since the first CEI was first published in 2002, we have seen corporate America leading the charge for fairness for LGBT workers.  The concept is really quite simple: to attract and retain the best and brightest talent, employers must treat their LGBT employees equally, including in the administration of health care benefits.  However, even the most well-intentioned employer or HR department may not know how to best serve their LGBT employees in today’s ever changing and more tolerant workplace.  HRC’s new white paper is the latest resource in our mission to give employers the tools they need to offer equal benefits and stay on pace with other fair-minded companies.

In 2009 HRC announced that earning 100 percent on the 2012 CEI requires employers to offer at least one firm-wide available health insurance plan that affords coverage for medically necessary transition-related care. The internationally accepted standards of care are maintained and published by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Other criteria changes that went into effect in 2012 are available at The white paper is available at

The 2012 HRC Corporate Equality Index, released in December, rated 850 companies, including the entire Fortune 500. The CEI is the foremost method for businesses to evaluate their diversity and inclusion efforts toward recruiting and retaining LGBT employees, customers and investors.  The first CEI in 2002 had just 13 businesses earning a perfect rating, but by the recent 2012 report reflective of the most stringent criteria to date, 189 Fortune-ranked and other major employers earned a 100 percent score and the distinction of being among the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”

The American workplace is rapidly changing.  Discrimination – while still all too prevalent – is taking a back seat to fairness and equality.  Employers are embracing their LGBT workers more and more.  HRC is here to help them.

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