Argentina's Lower Chamber on Friday approved the labor inclusion bill for trans, transvestite, and transgender people in public posts.
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The new law orders ministries and public companies to employ transvestites, transsexuals, and transgender people, who must represent at least 1 percent of their workforce.
State agencies must also raise awareness on gender and sexual diversity in workplaces to allow full integration of these people.
The National Bank was allowed to open credit accounts at preferential rates for financing economic and social projects aimed at the LGTBIQ population.
The "Diana Sacayan - Lohana Berkins" bill was sanctioned with 207 favorable votes, 11 negative votes, and seven abstentions. The Senate must now open a debate.
"When we talk about the trans collective in Argentina and the world, we are talking about a collective, which is perhaps the one in the greatest situation of violation of rights," lawmaker Brenda Austin said.
Social activist Thiago Galvan described the bill as "historical", highlighting that it represented a pall of hope for trans people whose rights were legitimized.