HRC’s Work on Transgender Equality & Inclusion

Updated 09/03/2014:

The Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation strive to achieve equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Through HRC’s legislative and policy work as well as the HRC Foundation’s public education and outreach efforts, we are bringing transgender issues and rights to the forefront in our workplaces, schools, hospitals and places of worship.

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Highlights of our Recent Work

Employment Protections & Opportunities

The Corporate Equality Index evaluates the policies and practices of U.S. employers from an LGBT standpoint -- with a significant emphasis on transgender equity. In order to receive a high score on the CEI, businesses are required to protect transgender employees against discrimination; implement transgender-inclusive programs, such as transition guidelines for managers and HR, diversity training and employee engagement surveys; and address inequities transgender people face in health insurance. When the CEI started in 2002, just five percent of the CEI-rated employers (three percent of the Fortune 500) included gender identity in their non-discrimination policies. As of 2014, those numbers are at historic highs of 86 and 61 percent, respectively. We have seen the most rapid and significant growth in gender identity protections, more than any other element of the CEI.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act

In 2013, HRC helped lead a coalition of groups, Americans for Workplace Opportunity, in securing passage of a full-inclusive ENDA through the Senate for the first time, with a strong, bipartisan vote of 64-32.  We continue to advocate for the passage of this critically-important legislation through the House of Representatives.

Supporting Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Youth

In 2013, HRC released Supporting and Caring for Our Gender-Expansive Youth, a ground-breaking report that examined the lived experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming youth in America. It was designed to provide adults with a better understanding of these youth and to help adults find ways to communicate with and support all youth in their lives. The report also provides information and suggestions for those seeking to increase their comfort and competency with the evolving landscape of gender identity and expression.

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