PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland, Ore. has become the third local government in the nation to offer transgender health care benefits for its employees with a unanimous vote Wednesday by city commissioners.

The vote also makes Oregon the only state with two jurisdictions offering the benefits. Portland is the seat of Multnomah County, which also provides similar benefits to its employees. San Francisco was the first and has been offering them for a decade, according to Jeana Frazzini, executive director of Basic Rights Oregon.

"The work of educating the community here in Oregon for more than two decades about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people makes a difference," Frazzini said Wednesday. "I think that's significant."

Mayor Sam Adams and city commissioners got a standing ovation from the crowd at City Hall after their vote.

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