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    Thanks! I was remiss in laying out everything this bill does:

    KEY DETAILS: COUNCILMAN JIM KENNEY’S LANDMARK LGBT EQUALITY BILL

    COMMITTEE HEARING: Thurs., April 11th 3-6pm EST // Philadelphia City
    Hall, Room 400

    Pushing Towards True Equality for LGBT Philadelphians

    • 1st in U.S. “Equality Tax Credit”– ENDORSED by Greater Phila.
    Chamber of Commerce

    Urges willing businesses to choose an employee health plan which
    treats Life Partners & their children equally—decreases employer tax
    bills by the lesser of $4K or 25% of any cost increases.

    • Requires Mayor to report on the state of LGBT equality in
    Philadelphia which must identify government services & policies
    providing unequal treatment to LGBT Philadelphians within one year.

    21st Century “Life Partnerships”

    • Guarantees spouse-equivalent treatment in hospitals & bans
    discrimination in medical decision making.

    • Ensures LGBT-inclusive definitions of family and households
    throughout City law.

    • All Life Partnership applicants will now receive guidance and
    referrals for free legal services to aid in completing the most
    important legal documents necessary to protect loved ones.

    • Authorizes accessibility for non-traditional families on all City
    forms (ex. “Parent 1” and “Parent 2”).

    • Cements protections for LGBT City employees and employees of City
    contractors with Life Partners in:

    Pension and retirement benefits (including health and welfare)

    Survivor & ”Fallen Hero” death benefits (and others)

    • Establishes LGBT affordable housing protections

    • Guarantees Life Partner visitation rights in City correctional facilities

    Ending Transgender Discrimination

    • Ends discriminatory exclusion of health benefits for non-union
    transgender City employees by Jan. 1, 2014.

    • 1st in U.S. “Transgender Health Tax Credit” — ENDORSED: Greater
    Phila. Chamber of Commerce

    Urges willing businesses to choose an employee health plan that
    prevent coverage for transgender medical needs—decreases employer tax
    bills by the lesser of $4K or 25% of any cost increases.

    • Requires all new City construction and major renovation to provide
    gender-neutral bathrooms, etc.

    • Expands definition of Life Partnership to be transgender-inclusive.

    • Requires all new City forms & online websites to offer gender
    neutral “self-identify” option.

    • Grants all private employees right to adhere to a dress code
    consistent with their gender identity.

    • Allows transgender individuals to request name and gender changes
    throughout their City records.
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