Federal Office of Personnel Management Publishes New Transgender Guidance

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May 27, 2011 - TLDEF today praised the federal Office of Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for publishing new guidance for the treatment of transgender employees of the federal government.  The guidance reiterates the policy of the federal government to treat all of its employees with dignity and respect, and calls upon federal agencies to review their anti-discrimination policies to ensure that they provide transgender employees with a non-discriminatory work environment.

“It is a basic American principle that employees should be judged on how they do their jobs, and not on who they are,” said TLDEF executive director Michael Silverman.  “This new guidance means that all federal employees, including transgender employees, will be treated with the dignity and respect that they deserve.  We are grateful to President Obama and OPM Director John Berry for setting an example for all employers seeking to provide a workplace that is open to all.”

In addition to the new guidance, OPM also issued an advisory to the federal government’s insurance carriers for employees,  instructing them to issue gender-appropriate ID cards to employees, and to ensure that transgender employees still receive care for medical conditions related to their sex assigned at birth. OPM also provided information to federal agencies regarding how to reconstruct a personnel folder after gender transition.