America's private sector has led the way on adopting inclusive policies, benefits and practices for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) employees and their families for over a decade. Their commitment to transgender inclusion in the workplace has been striking.
Since its inception in 2002, The Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index (CEI) has tracked the progress employers have made toward achieving full LGBTQ workplace inclusion. Today, 87 percent of CEI-rated companies provide employment non-discrimination protections based on gender identity to their employees in the U.S. That's up from only five percent when the CEI was introduced 14 years ago.
The 2016 CEI report found that a record-breaking 511 employers -- 60 percent of the companies rated in the index -- specifically affirm coverage for transgender health care in at least one of their employer-provided plans. This is up from only a handful of companies a few years ago. The progress has been impressive.