Clarification

In Feel the Heat (Domestic Partner, 1/31/08), jetBlue Airways was credited with being the first U.S. airline to include anti-discrimination protection for gender identity when the company started in 1999. The exact language used by jetBlue offers equal treatment ”without regard for…identification or perceived identification,” rather than the more widely accepted ”gender identification.” Though jetBlue says the language as written includes transgender people, they have not been recognized by the HRC Corporate Equality Index in that regard, and have stated an intention to amend the language accordingly in the near future. HRC recognizes American Airlines as the first U.S. airline to specifically offer a transgender-inclusive non-discrimination policy.

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