UPDATE WEDNESDAY: From the Contra Costa Times:
A plan before the City Council to set aside $20,000 a year for city employees who want to have a sex change operation was tabled until February so wording of the proposed policy can be refined.
The move at Tuesday night's council meeting comes three and a half years after the City Council asked city staff to study the idea and return with a plan in six months. That was in May of 2007.
After discovering that it would be too expensive to include the surgery in its Kaiser or Health Net plans, the city decided to cover it out of its own pocket, wagering that not many employees will want sex change surgery.
City Councilman Kriss Worthington, who supports the plan, said the operations can cost between $7,000 and $60,000. Full article
The Berkeley City Council is set to vote on providing a benefit for gender-reassignment surgery. The meeting starts at 7 p.m., and the issue is No. 6 on the agenda.