Steps Taken to Correct Gender Identity Discrimination – Jaime Grant

(MCT) — The new year has ushered in two measures of fairness for transgender people.

First, Amanda Simpson became one of the nation’s first transgender presidential appointees. With three decades of experience in the aerospace and defense industry, Simpson signed on as a senior technical adviser to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security.

And second, on Jan. 1, the Obama administration updated the Equal Opportunity Statement on the federal jobs Web site to explicitly include gender identity. No longer should anyone looking for a job with the federal government be discriminated against because of the job seeker’s gender identity.