Portland Mayor Sam Adams on Tuesday announced he would submit a proposal to include transgender health benefits for city employees. The new benefits would include sexual reassignment surgery.

“As mayor, it is important to me that we attract and retain the best and brightest employees to the city of Portland,” Adams told the Portland Tribute. “Offering non-discriminatory health care benefits – as leading employers like Nike, Google, Microsoft and IBM do – is one way to accomplish that goal.”

“Covering basic, medically necessary care is a matter of fairness, and it's the right thing to do,” he added.

Adams is expected to submit his proposal to City Council next week. The estimated cost of the benefit annually is $32,302, or a .08% increase in the city's health care budget.

The openly gay Adams survived a threatened recall in 2009 when opponents failed to turn in sufficient valid signatures needed to force a recall. The attempt was prompted by Adams' admission that his long-standing denial of having a sexual relationship with a young man, Beau Breedlove, was not true.