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President Barack Obama was the first President of the United States to have a closed-door meeting with transgender activists concerning transgender rights. Some of the Progress For Transgender People Made by President Barack Obama and His Administration: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) added gender identity to the equal employment opportunity policy governing all federal jobs. The Department of State revised the standards for changing a gender marker on a passport without surgery, making the process less burdensome for transgender people. President Obama signed the Byrd-Shepard hate crimes bill. President Obama signed the U.N. Declaration on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. President Obama appointed the first transgender DNC member, Diego Sanchez. President Obama conceived a National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders, funded by a three-year HHS grant to SAGE. The Social Security Administration stopped its no-match letter policy. President Obama banned job discrimination based on gender identity throughout the federal government. HUD issued housing nondiscrimination regulations. In this video of the opening LGBT Caucus at the Democratic National Convention all of this progress is discussed. Activists are acknowledged. Victories are celebrated. The fact that the above list of progress for the transgender community could be wiped out with the stroke of a pen is clearly articulated. Speakers include: Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, activist Rick Stafford, member of the Democratic National Committee, Brian Bond, and the Democratic National Committee’s first openly Transgendered member, Babs Casbar Siperstein.
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