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Government Web Site Makes Bold Statement About Gender Identity

 Government Web Site Makes Bold Statement About Gender Identity

January 28, 2010 –Although President Barack Obama hasn’t offered a lengthy speech about gender as he did about race, he had made his feelings known: discrimination against transgender individuals is not acceptable.

The New York Times reports that the federal jobs Web site has new language “explicitly banning employment discrimination based on gender identity” http://www.usajobs.gov/vacancy/vac_eeo.asp.

The language has been quietly added by the Obama administration. It reads: “The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.”

 Government Web Site Makes Bold Statement About Gender Identity

January 28, 2010 –Although President Barack Obama hasn’t offered a lengthy speech about gender as he did about race, he had made his feelings known: discrimination against transgender individuals is not acceptable.

The New York Times reports that the federal jobs Web site has new language “explicitly banning employment discrimination based on gender identity” http://www.usajobs.gov/vacancy/vac_eeo.asp.

The language has been quietly added by the Obama administration. It reads: “The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.”

Unsurprisingly, groups opposing sexual reassignment are frustrated by the new language.

The conservative Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg told the Times his organization opposes “including gender identity as a category of protection.”

But Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, told Knowlton: “The largest employer in the country is doing what all the other large employers in the country are doing, so that’s really great news.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/06/us/06gender.html

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