September 11, 2013 | by Phil Reese
AFL-CIO bans anti-trans discrimination
AFL-CIO, American Federation of Labor, Congress of Industrial Organizations, gay news, Washington Blade

The AFL-CIO added gender identity and expression to the group’s constitutionally protected classes. (Photo by Matthew Bisanz via Wikimedia Commons)

LOS ANGELES — At its national convention in California this week, the nation’s largest federation of labor organizations added gender identity and expression to the group’s constitutionally protected classes.

The AFL-CIO — which represents 57 national and international unions — also considered a resolution to eliminate barriers to adequate healthcare for the group’s trans employees, and advocate for trans-inclusive healthcare for its members and members’ dependents during bargaining negotiations with employers. However, according to BuzzFeed, the resolution was scrapped temporarily due to technicalities, though the DC-Baltimore chapter of the AFL CIO’s LGBT organization, Pride at Work, pledges the language is slated to be introduced at a future gathering.

Currently 17 states and the District of Columbia bar discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity in the law.

 

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