This week, the Buenos Aires province Lower House preliminary approved a bill that orders that one percent of the province’s jobs in the public sector be awarded to people who identify themselves as either transgender or transexual.
The bill states that “at least one percent of the province’s public sector must be composed of ‘transgender and transsexual people’ qualified to be filling the available positions,” even if they already are receiving benefits from the Gender Identity Law.
The first article of this new bill explains that this piece of legislation was created to “promote real equality and opportunities in the public sector” for a segment of the population that has been vastly marginalized, resulting in stomach turning statistics like the median life expectancy for a trans person in Argentina at just 33 years.
Yes, you read that right. The life expectancy for a trans person is 33 years old.
If passed, the bill would also bring the creation of a labor registration system that would help speed up the process of hiring a trans person.
The new bill, introduced to the Buenos Aires province legislature by Kirchnerite lawmaker Karina Nazabal, originally aimed at offering at least a three percent of the workforce in the public sector to trans people, but it was lowered to one percent after reaching the provincial senate committees.
The number was decided after a study conducted in La Matanza determined that trans population represents a one percent of society.
“We’re going to change society’s perceptions about this. When a parent leaves their child at a kindergarten and the person guarding the door is a trans, there will be no more distance between them. It will be part of the day to day. This bill will contribute to promote inclusion” stated Nazabal.
Good to see actual progress being made in at least one sector of society.