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Delaware Now 17th State to Have Trans Protections 

According to the article on delawareonline.com "after a procedural vote in the Senate on Wednesday, Gov. Jack Markell signed legislation that outlaws discrimination based on a person’s gender identity, offering protection to transgender Delawareans in housing, insurance, employment and public accommodations."

This makes Delaware the 17th state in the US to add protection based on gender identity. 

What does this mean? It means that protections and recognition of equality are continuing to be pushed forward in our nation, even though we have some bumps along the way. 

The news of Delaware's vote comes off the heels of last week's announcement that the Social Security Administration would no longer require a transgender individual to have surgery in order to have their documentation/gender changed within the SS database. Like what we see for the issuing of a new passport in the US and protocol from many state's DMVs, transgender individuals can now provide a letter from their medical provider stating they are under the care and living as the gender they identify as. 

To learn more about this current change in policy please visit the National Center for Transgender Equality website. The director of NCTE, Mara Keisling has stated that, Most readers won’t know that the updated policies announced last week by the Social Security Administration (SSA) are among the most humane and important public policy advancements for transgender people during the Obama administration or even ever.

I'm sure there will be many more exciting changes to come over the next several months. 

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Equality Illinois condemns President Trump's rejection of transgender servicemembers
Wed, July 26, 2017
Equality Illinois, the state's oldest and largest civil rights organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Illinoisans, has added its voice to the large number of individuals and organizations opposing President Donald Trump's ban of openly transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military.
Trump to ban transgender people from all military service
Wed, July 26, 2017
In a series of tweets, President Trump said no transgender individuals will be allowed to serve "in any capacity" in the U.S. military.
Jennifer Lopez praised for using gender-neutral pronouns
Sat, July 22, 2017
Jennifer Lopez received an outpouring of support on social media for using gender-neutral pronouns to congratulate a young relative's accomplishment.
Anti-transgender initiative fails in Washington State
Mon, July 10, 2017
A group opposed to Washington's transgender bathroom and locker room rule announced on Friday that it did not have enough signatures to make the November ballot.
Sheriff's deputy comes out as transgender
Sun, July 9, 2017
An Orange County deputy sheriff is making history by becoming the first of her rank to come out as transgender.





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