Philadelphia City Council has passed legislation aimed at ending discriminatory exclusion of health benefits for transgender city employees. The new bill includes a $4,000 tax credit for employers that choose health-insurance plans that don’t have exclusions for transgender individuals’ care, and requires that such exclusions be eliminated from the city’s own non-union health-care offerings.
The bill also makes changes to gender-specific language on city forms, and increases rights for life partners.
State Rep. Brian Sims, who addressed Council, said:
“Today we get to add your voices to the chorus of civil rights leaders. … Today, you are agents of equality. … This is a remarkable day in our city’s rich history.”