Earlier this month, Dark Horse Comics tweeted about a Pride Month sale they were having, which led to former editor Jay Edidin taking to Twitter to call out the company's healthcare policy which didn't cover transgender-specific healthcare, specifically "anything related to gender dysphoria & transition." He claimed that the publisher was also able to skirt state laws by acting as a self-insured company and providing its own insurance.
Too bad your actual company policies are among the most explicitly bigoted in the industry, huh? https://t.co/Kdpvfb9Kzi— (((Jay Edidin))) (@RaeBeta) June 10, 2018
Following nearly two weeks of public criticism, Dark Horse announced that it had amended its healthcare policy to cover transgender-specific healthcare.
Dark Horse Comics is dedicated to inclusivity and diversity of experience, ideas, and storytelling. Below, please find our statement regarding Pride and transgender inclusivity: pic.twitter.com/67OXDKtcNq— Dark Horse Comics (@DarkHorseComics) June 12, 2018
Writer and editor Mariah McCourt was in the process of collecting signatures from supporters to put pressure on Dark Horse when the policy change was announced.
Still accumulating signatures for this and will for likely the next week or so (I was a little too anxious to have it ready this week, as @RaeBeta pointed out we need time for folks to circulate!) https://t.co/wMnCM43djU— Mariah McCourt (@TiredFairy) June 21, 2018
Following the announcement of the policy change Jay tweeted his takeaways from the situation.
HERE ARE YOUR OFFICIAL TAKE-AWAYS, COMICS:— (((Jay Edidin))) (@RaeBeta) June 22, 2018
-If you run a company, read your insurance policy and consider how its exclusions will impact your employees.
-For public shaming to work, it needs to be tied to specific, feasible asks and supported by organized collective action.
Dark Horse's insurance policy change is set to take affect October 1.