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Seattle Is Leading The Way For Transgender Equality Says Rights Activist Monisha Harrell

Gay rights activist Monisha Harrell speaks about Seattle being a leading city when it comes to equal rights for the LGBTQ community.

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"I think that's why we concentrate so much of our work in Seattle because some of this progressive movement can happen there and then can be used as an example for other areas"

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What is meaningful that still needs to get done? And I mean meaningful in sort of the bigger picture issues in the city of Seattle. - Oh, absolutely. Well, if you're talking about the city of Seattle, the city has been really far ahead of many many other regions and areas. I think that the all gender restrooms was actually quite a bold step towards allowing facilities that are open to everybody and it's great. I think Seattle will be an example there. I think that what we're doing in Seattle really is moving the needle in other areas more than moving the needle in Seattle. When we're talking about, we're still having accommodation fights and battles in other areas of Washington State. To be able to have a big city like Seattle show some of the other areas probably can be done and how it can be done with everybody's dignity and our stuff in mind, I think that's why we concentrate so much of our work in Seattle because some of this progressive movement can happen there and then can be used as an example for other areas who don't have quite the patience or being able to work things through for everybody. - Is it fair to say that that's the big issue that things are pretty good, as far as equality is concerned in the city of Seattle? - I would say they're pretty good. There are a lot of things we're still concerned about. I mean, there's still a lot of concerns about the repeal of rights and privileges. I mean it was just last year that King County offered healthcare coverage for transgender employees. That's something that Seattle did as a city back in 2011, but it would be fantastic to get to the place where we know that all private companies are also offering a full coverage in insurance for specifically their transgender employees. So you know we're working towards that.