Philadelphia City Council Passes Equality Legislation

Philadelphia City Council Passes Equality Legislation

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.”

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