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Breaking: Philadelphia Mayor Signs Most Extensive Gay Rights Bill In US

by David Badash on May 9, 2013

in Civil Rights,News,Politics

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Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter today signed into law the most extensive civil rights protections and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the nation.

“Mayor Michael Nutter and gay rights advocates say it makes Philadelphia the first big city in the U.S. to offer tax credits to companies that extend the same health care coverage to LGBT employees’ life partners and their children as they already provide to heterosexual spouses and their children,” the Greenwich Time reports:

Councilman James Kenney sponsored the bill. He says it also makes Philadelphia the first city to give businesses tax credits for offering transgender-specific health benefits.

Among other things, the measure also requires gender-neutral bathrooms in city-owned buildings and revises Philadelphia’s anti-discrimination law to include transgender people.

The bill revamps “the city’s health-care plan to ban discrimination against non-union transgender city employees, and would instate a Transgender Health Tax Credit that would encourage companies to offer transgender-specific health-insurance coverage to the transgender community,” South Florida Gay News reported last month:

City buildings would also be required to provide gender-neutral bathrooms, and the measure would clarify what constitutes employment discrimination in the city’s nondiscrimination law.

The bill won with a near-sweeping victory, with Councilman-at-Large Bill Green being the only Democrat to vote against it. Republican Councilmen-at-Large David Oh and Brian O’Neill voted against the bill.

Nutter is also the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors

Image: Mayor Nutter signing the LGBT protections bill, by Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs, via Twitter

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ivegoneswimming May 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm

why not just have loos for everyone. calling them gender neutral is silly – we have those already. they're called toilets. or washrooms. or lavs.

pixiekitty May 9, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Well, "ivegoneswimming," WE here in America do not have "loos for everyone." We have men's restrooms and women's restrooms. And unless you are a transgendered individual yourself, your comment that "calling them gender neutral is silly" is 100 percent meaningless. Like — you aren't the person who has had to suffer through using restrooms that don't align to your gender, so, how about you not offer your opinion? Your opinion is at best ignorant, and at worst, offensive.

PhillyFreedom76 May 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

Pixiekitty, you're comment is actually the one that is ignorant. It's ignorant of the European perspective where it isn't uncommon to have restrooms that are mixed gender with individual stalls. That's how I interpreted their comment. If you're trolling, good job. I find your rhetoric more offensive than their comment. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Thats the beauty of the Internet. Different perspectives, opinions, and conflict is what spurs change and growth.

jchastn August 16, 2013 at 11:03 am

I dont mind the gender neutral washrooms as long as they keep the urinals. Have urinals and sit-down stalls in all washrooms. One of the reasons that the line at the men's room moves faster than the line at the womens is the efficiency of the urinal. My niece wants to say that if the washrooms go "neutral", she hopes that her fellow women will learn about keeping it clean. She has been working as a custodian in local community college and says their is a huge difference between cleaning a mens loo and a women's loo, the latter being almost always totally trashed. I would not know if this is true or not, but she is working very hard to pay for schooling and expressed shock at how much tidier the mens room seemingly always is.

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