Historic campaign for trans benefits begins 

click to enlarge Gabriel Haaland - LUKE THOMAS, FOG CITY JOURNAL
  • Luke Thomas, Fog City Journal
  • Gabriel Haaland

A group of local LGBT labor activists is launching a nationwide campaign to push unions to bargain for transgender health benefits for their members.

As SF Bay Guardian reported, Pride At Work, in collaboration with the Transgender Law Center, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and the SEIU Lavender Caucus, plans to ask labor groups, including local labor councils and state labor federations, to pledge to include trans benefits in future contract negotiations.

The effort is historic -- and badly needed: Gabriel Haaland, co-chair of San Francisco's Pride At Work's Transgender Caucus, estimated that fewer than 10 percent of all union contracts mandate health insurance benefits for transgender people.

The organizing effort will kick off in March with actions and educational programs in at least 10 cities.

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