Berkeley Taxpayers May Pay For Sex-Change Surgery

   BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Taxpayers may soon be paying for sex-change surgeries in Berkeley.

   The City Council votes Tuesday night on setting aside $20,000 annually for gender-reassignment surgery for city employees. Berkeley health insurance providers Kaiser and Health Net don’t pay for the procedure.

   The benefit would allow employees to collect the money before the sex-change operation, which can cost more than $50,000.

   To receive the payout, employees would have to have lived as the opposite sex for at least one year and undergone hormone therapy. They also would have to have worked for the city at least a year.

   City Councilman Darryl Moore, who originally proposed the idea in 2007, tells the San Francisco Chronicle the benefit is what is “just and fair” for the transgender community.

  • peed

    Please explain how this is just and fair to the people that are paying for something they vehemently oppose.

  • one more rip-off for the taxpayers

    taxpayers paying for a sex-change! NO if the city employees desire a sex-change they can pay out of pocket and i say this money is not for a sex-change it is a way for the city to get more money so they can pay them self more

  • Plain Facts

    I have the “deal” of the day…send these “confussed” idiots to my house and I will perform the operation free of charge. I read a medical book once and have a full gargage of tools, saws, paint thinner for pain and will galdly “help” them find their “real” self.

  • key word is( Free of charge

    my voice vote is for (Plain Facts)

  • Frank

    I think the money would be better spent to keep child sex offenders behind bars or even better purchase an Island where only the sex offenders could live, thereby sentence them there for life !!

  • OlDog

    Anybody wonder why our beautiful state is known as “Crazifornia”? Or why we’re bankrupt?

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