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    A local woman says what hurts the most about gossip is that it started after she told management about a very personal secret: she had a sex change.Emily said she never told her co-workers about her sex change. But she claims the human relations disclosed the fact that she's a transgender.Emily told Hairston the ultimate insult came five months later. She said the company criticized her job performance and fired her for low productivity. Hairston went to Crayola for comment, but the general manager refused. He would only confirm Emily's employment dates.

    More and more large corporations, including Coca-Cola, Campbell Soup and Walt Disney, are covering surgery for transgender employees as part of their health plans.
    The trend follows a concerted push by transgender rights advocates to get employers and insurers to see sex reassignment the way the American Medical Association does — as a medically indicated rather than an optional procedure.

    The number is expected to go up dramatically this year, when the nation's largest gay rights lobbying group adds availability of surgery-inclusive medical benefits to the criteria in its annual corporate diversity report card.
    Kraft Foods, AT&T, Yahoo!, Eastman Kodak, Sears and State Farm are among 85 large businesses and law firms that cover the cost of at least one surgery.
    (Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.)