NCTE Mourns Passing of Andrew Cray

On Thursday, August 28, 2014, Andrew Cray, a transgender and LGBT health policy expert and former NCTE legal fellow, passed away. Cray was among the LGBT movement's most effective advocates behind the fights to end transgender insurance exclusions in several states. His selfless contributions at organizations like the Center for American Progress, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the National LGBT Health Coalition put the LGBT health policy agenda on a course for rapid change. Working alongside Andrew was only made brighter by his optimism and kind-heartedness. All of us the National Center for Transgender Equality celebrate Andrew, his work, and his generous commitment in the service of LGBT people across the country.

A celebration of Andrew Cray's life will be held on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at St. Thomas Church, 1772 Church St., NW, Washington, DC. Services will begin at 1:00 PM to be followed by a repast. All are invited to join the celebration and to bring photos of Andrew to the service.

NCTE, MALDEF: President's Administrative Relief Package Must Be LGBTQ Affirmative

The National Center for Transgender Equality and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) today issued a letter to President Obama urging the Administration to provide affirmative relief for individuals who have long-term residency in the United States but may not have state recognized familial relationships with citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPR), or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) holders. The letter also requests the President to advance flexible criminal background requirements in light of the high conviction rates of undocumented LGBTQ immigrants for survival crimes such as sex work.

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Federal Contractors Put on Notice: Labor Dept. Issues Non-Discrimination Guidance

The Department of Labor (DOL) sent guidance to the 200,000 federal contractors saying they may not discriminate against transgender workers. They clarified that that sex discrimination laws extend to individuals discriminated against based on their gender identity or "transgender status" and that this will be in force even before the President's Executive order adding "gender identity" protections is fully implemented. DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs will oversee compliance with these newest guidelines.

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NCTE Applauds Signing of LGBT Workers Executive Order

Issues "Know Your Rights" Resources for Transgender Workers

Today, President Barack Obama signed an executive order protecting transgender federal workers from discrimination and prohibits anti-LGBT discrimination for employers that work with the federal government as contractors or subcontractors. The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) welcomes the executive order extending gender identity and sexual orientation employment protections to 28 million workers across the country

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Dept. of Labor Affirms Trans Discrimination Protections

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) welcomes policy clarifications by the Department of Labor in their ongoing effort to end anti-transgender bias and discrimination in their programs. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez announced forthcoming clarification to their nondiscrimination protections declaring that anti-transgender discrimination violates Title VII sex discrimination law and is illegal.

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NCTE Welcomes Additional Obama Announcement

Tonight, at the White House LGBT Pride Reception, President Barack Obama announced that he will sign an executive order barring gender identity discrimination for federal employees. Earlier this month, President Obama said he would sign an executive order to prohibit all anti-LGBT bias for federal contractors, which would apply to private entities that contract with the federal government. The newly announced order would build on the executive order signed by President Bill Clinton banning employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation for federal workers.

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President Obama To Sign LGBT Non-Discrimination Executive Order

Today, President Obama announced that he would sign the long-awaited executive order barring LGBT discrimination in federal contracting, bringing explicit LGBT job protections for federal contractors in line with eighteen states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, several federal agencies, and countless cities and municipalities nationwide.

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Community Call: With Medicare Done: How We Can Win the Rest

After years of advocacy, healthcare programs are finally catching up to the medical consensus on transgender healthcare. We will soon be able to cross off medical exclusions from our policy agenda. But while the path forward is clearer than ever, much more work remains. The recent Medicare ruling opens coverage for transition-related care and that victory is part of a national strategy to end prejudice in the U.S. healthcare system.

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Federal Board Overturns Medicare Exclusion of Transition-Related Care

An independent board within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today ruled that a Medicare policy from 1989 that categorically excluded transition-related medical procedures, regardless of medical need, is unreasonable and invalid based on today's medical science.

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NCTE Welcomes Review of Outdated Military Regulations Barring Transgender Service

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) welcomes U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's statement on ABC's This Morning that the Department of Defense should review the military's policies that prohibits open transgender military service. "We look forward to working with the Pentagon to end these outdated rules that harm our military," said NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling.

Thousands of transgender service members currently serve bravely and competently in all branches of the military, but are forced to hide who they are or risk losing their careers. Currently, military medical regulations disqualify transgender recruits require the discharge of service members found to be transgender. Keisling said, "These regulations are based on prejudices and stereotypes about who transgender people are and need to be updated to comport with modern medical science."

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NCTE Welcomes Philadelphia Settlement with Trans Worker, Lauds Feds for Supporting Case

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) welcomes the news that the City of Philadelphia has finally settled a federal anti-bias lawsuit brought by city library worker Bobbie Burnett. Ms. Burnett was subjected to years of workplace harassment and other discrimination after she transitioned on the job in 2002. Managers allegedly restricted her use of women's restrooms on the job, gave her undesirable job assignments, limited her contact with the public, and disciplined her for frivolous reasons.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a brief in federal district court supporting Ms. Burnett's case and arguing that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination based on transgender status or gender transition.

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Senate Blocks Raising the Minimum Wage for LGBT Americans

Today, the U.S. Senate blocked a key vote on the Fair Minimum Wage Act (S. 460), a bill that would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour by 2015. Provisions in the bill would have also tied minimum wage increases to cost of living increases, and eventually, raised the wage for tipped workers, which has remained frozen for the last 20 years.

National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Keisling said, "The Senate's failure to move the minimum wage bill forward is a disappointing blow to transgender and LGBT Americans who are more likely than most to scrape by on poverty-level wages. Transgender people are four times more likely to be living in extreme poverty on less than $10,000 per year."

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MILESTONE: US Dept. of Education. Announces Title IX Protects Transgender Students

NCTE welcomes guidance issued today by the U.S. Department of Education which makes clear that the federal Title IX law prohibits discrimination against transgender students. The guidance, from the Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR), states: "Title IX's sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity and OCR accepts such complaints for investigation."

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Pentagon Human Goals Charter "Disappointing" for Absence of Trans People

The Pentagon today released the Human Goals Charter, a document that outlines the guiding principles for the treatment of Department of Defense uniform and civilian workforce that, for the first time, affirms gay and lesbian military service members.

Read NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling's statement about the absence of the inclusion of transgender people in the document here.

LGBT Advocates Commend New VAWA Non-Discrimination Guidance, Urge Other Federal Agencies to Follow Lead

As advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, we applaud the Department of Justice for issuing strong implementing guidelines for the historic non-discrimination provisions in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), ensuring that LGBT survivors of violence receive equal services and treatment free from unlawful discrimination. The recently released Frequently Asked Questions about the new provisions are precedent-setting and will be a guide for other federal agencies on how to implement LGBT non-discrimination provisions. These provisions mark the first ever explicit protections from discrimination for LGBT people under federal law.

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NCTE Applauds Federal Protections for Transgender Survivors of Violence

Department of Justice Clarifies Police, Courts, Shelters, and Others Must Respect Gender Identity

This week the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) release long-awaited guidance on the 2013 law prohibiting discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity by entities funded under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). VAWA's nondiscrimination protections provide broad protections, not only for LGBT survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, but for anyone else facing discrimination from law enforcement agencies, courts, or community groups that accept VAWA funding for any part of their operations. The guidelines clarify that refusing to accept a person's self-identified gender when delivering services constitutes unlawful discrimination, and that in many cases segregating by gender in the first place is prohibited.

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