NCTE Outlines Ambitious Policy Goals for the New Year, 13 Goals for 2013
Today, the National Center for Transgender Equality released their policy goals for 2013. While NCTE continues to press assertively for the almost 100 policy goals described in the Blueprint for Equality document, these 13 goals represent policies that are likely to be attained before the year is over.
Many of these goals reflect a common theme: the Obama Administration has, and should use, broad authority to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination by entities that receive federal funds, whether in employment, health care, housing, or education. For example, NCTE is calling on President Obama to issue an Executive Order prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation by federal contractors. The list also includes advocating the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to issue enforcement guidelines around the landmark Mia v. Macy decision banning gender identity discrimination in the workplace.
NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling said, "A robust agenda requires robust action. 2013 is going to be another really big year with the expertise and connections that we have. We've laid the groundwork to get a lot done this year. And while we'll continue to advocate for dozens of policies over the next four years, we'll also keep training, keep educating, and keep pushing for these 13 specific advancements."