President Obama uses executive orders for historic transgender rights gains

barack obama transgenderLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Transgender Americans gained very little rights under the George W. Bush administration, and were at high risk of losing them if either John McCain or Mitt Romney took office. Under the Presidency of Barack Obama, particularly in the last few years, trans people have made strides unlike anytime in history.

The sharp division in the U.S. Congress, meant that any transgender gains at the federal level would have to come from updates in federal administrative policies and executive orders directly from the White House. Obama has not hesitated to use either when it comes to trans equality. Indeed, the past few years have been historic in the number of rights afforded us directly from the executive branch.

National Center for Transgender Equality’s Mara Keisling:  “[Obama] has been the best president for transgender rights, and nobody else is in second place.” 

Gleaned from Yahoo News, here’s a summary of most recent gains: job protection for government employees, easier passport updates, health insurance under the ACA, VA treatments, full access to school bathrooms and sports, health insurers to cover SRS costs for federal employees, Medicare to cover SRS, and shortly, federal contractors cannot discriminate on gender identity.


If a Republican wins the White House in 2016, many, if not most, of these trans rights gains will be rescinded immediately.

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7 replies

  1. This is one of many reasons why I don’t understand how any trans person could possibly consider voting republican.

  2. Likewise, but there’s always the holdout transgender or gay person whose going to vote Republican regardless. It’s important that we make a special attempt to talk to our family and friends who know us, and inform them what’s at stake if a Republigoon gets into the White House. Convince them to vote Democrat at all costs.

  3. That’s why we need ENDA!

  4. I agree with all of you! Thanks for commenting!

  5. He truly has done more than any president for transgender rights and I applaud Him for this. But but his economic policies have been a disaster for the United States. his foreign policy has been even bigger disasteri you.those policies may destroy the United States PS just got back from India yesterday. I was amazed how friendly and pro-American and Indian people seem to be. I think India is the biggest democracy in the world and America. The oldest Republican the world to get much closer together. But they did not like our president. They believe he has the same philosophy as the Congress party, which they kicked out of office. Recently they seem very excited prime minister

  6. What we actually need is ENDA, *without* the religious exemptions.

    That the only way we’ll see true equality in the next 10-20 years in this country. The bigots have to be thwarted at the federal level. That’s the only thing that stopped institutional racism in this country, and it’s the only thing that will eventually banish trans bigotry here as well.

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