Starbucks Goes the Extra Mile

Wow. This is just amazing. Kinda makes their over-priced shit worth purchasing. I’m glad they are taking the lead in helping their transgender employees be who they truly are.

Starbucks has announced plans to offer comprehensive care for transgender employees, covering several procedures that are usually excluded by insurers.

In the new plan announced on Monday, Starbucks said that in addition to covering bottom surgery, they will now cover all other medical steps in a person’s transition.

This will cover several other procedures that were previously considered cosmetic – which can often be hard to obtain as insurers typically refuse to cover them.

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The True Story Behind ‘The Danish Girl,’ Eddie Redmayne’s Next Role

Hello Lovelies!! Can I just say that Eddie Redmayne is a beautiful woman? My BFF said that he’s a beautiful anything and I agree 1000%. Lol

Anyway, onto the article about the story. Whether this is based on a work of fiction or not, I think it will open the door a bit more to what life is like for transgendered men and women. I realize that there are plenty of transgendered actors and actresses in Hollywood who could’ve played the part as well as Eddie, but this is Hollywood we’re talking about. No matter how many strides they take forward in allowing all minority to be represented across the board, they’re still behind. All you have to do is look to the complaints about the most recent Academy Awards.

Eddie Redmayne — Oscar winner for The Theory of Everything, delightful-seeming British person in real life — is starring in The Danish Girl, a film based on a novel inspired by the life of Lili Elbe. Elbe was one of the first transgender women to successfully undergo sex-reassignment surgery; the movie, due out in 2016, is directed by Tom Hooper (who previously worked with Redmayne in 2012’s family-friendly singalong, Les Miserables). The first photo of Redmayne as Elbe, above, was released last week.

Who was Lili Elbe? And was there a responsibility here, on the part of the filmmakers, to cast a trans actress in this role?

Susan Stryker is a professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Arizona and a transgender historian and filmmaker. She’s been in touch with producers of the The Danish Girl, commenting on the script and, through producer Gail Mutrux, has answered questions from Redmayne and director Tom Hooper. “They’re trying to do a good job,” she said by phone. “They’re not trying to do anything exploitative; they’re very sensitive to questions of how trans issues are going to be presented and received, by both mainstream audiences and by the trans community… I was really impressed when I first talked to them about the level of outreach and due diligence they had been doing. So I’m not, in any way, wanting to trash the film. I’m actually very curious to see what happens.”

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A third of Fortune 500 companies now cover transgender health care

This is awesome news for our transgendered brothers and sisters!! Let’s hope we reach 100% soon!

The number of Fortune 500 companies willing pay for sex reassignment surgeries and other transgender-related healthcare has gone from zero in 2002 to 169 this year, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign.

The report, which ranks corporations on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans employees, also found that more than half of corporations with more than 500 employees that participated in the survey now cover the procedures. That’s 418 firms.

Some of the biggest names in corporate America are among those who have signed up to cover the procedures, at up to $75,000 per employee. Facebook Inc., Visa, Starbucks Corp., CVS Health Corp. and Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. are just some of the firms that decided this year to begin covering the procedures for their workers for the first time.

“The jump in terms of employers adopting transgender benefits has been the most dramatic of any single aspect of the Corporate Equality Index in its entire history,” said Deena Fidas, the director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Workplace Equality Program, which has been producing the report for more than a decade.

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