May 26, 2022

Ohio: “Transgender Lawsuit Settled, Cincinnati Public Library Now Covers Transgender Surgery”

From the Cincinnati Enquirer/

Rachel Dovel didn’t mean to become a crusader for transgender rights. But the library employee found herself cast in that role last year when the library’s health insurance refused to pay for her gender confirmation surgery – and the library’s board wouldn’t budge.

She underwent surgery in December – and Monday she and her legal team announced she settled a lawsuit against the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


Under terms of the agreement, the library:

  • Changed its healthcare plan effective Jan. 1 to include transgender surgery and other medical care for transgender people
  • Agreed to listen to the recommendations of its employees about purchasing and offering LGBT-related materials and events
  • Will continue its practice of using gender-neutral employment forms and providing gender-neutral restrooms when feasible
  • Offer employees training on LGBT inclusion.
  • It’s not clear if there was a monetary settlement. Jennifer Branch, whose law firm Gerhardstein & Branch along with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Law Office of Scott Knox, declined to comment on that.

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Cincinnati PL Board Votes Not To Support Coverage of Gender Confirmation Surgery (via Library Journal; July 2016)

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