2012 TJ Wrap Up Blog

| December 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

2012 has been a year of challenges and victories for trans communities. While we still have a long way to go in our work to win trans-inslusive healthcare statewide, ensure the safety of trans people in Oregon prisons, and implement Oregon’s nondiscrimination laws, we are excited to continue to building the movement for Trans Justice in 2013. Check out some of the huge steps forward we’ve taken in the last year!

  • We launched the Benefits of Equality, a one-of-a-kind toolkit for securing trans-inclusive healthcare in workplaces. Over 1,000 hard copies have been distributed!
  • As a result of a lawsuit filed by our partners at the Transgender Law Center, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) in a recent landmark decision ruled that transgender people are protected by a federal statute’s (Title VII) prohibition against sex discrimination in the workplace.  On Friday, April 20, 2012, the EEOC issued a ruling that intentional discrimination against a transgender individual is discrimination “based on … sex” and thus violates Title VII. Prior to this ruling, the EEOC generally declined to pursue discrimination claims that arose from transgender status or gender identity issues.
  • Our staff educated over 200 state agency employees, legislators, and business leaders about trans healthcare.
  • We produced a first-of-its-kind video discussing trans experiences of health care discrimination: eight incredible community members are joined by two allies to share struggles, joys, and triumphs about trans-inclusive care. Check it out here!

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