March 27, 2013 | by Staff reports
Activists urge labor unions to support trans health
Minnesota, gay news, Washington Blade

Minnesota (Image public domain)

MANKATO, Minn. — Labor unions and LGBT activists in Minnesota are pushing for a trans-inclusive health care report as part of the first-ever Transgender Month of Action, the Minnesota Daily reported Monday.

Activists are pushing for health care access for transgender people that will include coverage of hormone treatments and gender-reassignment surgery, said Gabriel Haaland, vice president of Pride at Work — a project of the AFL-CIO — the Daily said.

Pride at Work and other groups are educating union members nationwide, asking them to pledge to bargain for transgender health care through contract negotiations, the article said.

“Labor unions have historically fought for LGBT issues — like domestic partnership benefits — so including the workforce in the conversation seemed logical,” Cherrene Horazuk, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3800 for University clerical workers, told the Daily.

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