Hospitals are Making Strides for More Inclusive LGBT Healthcare

The government certainly doesn’t care about the LGBT community, so it’s nice to see some hospitals taking the initiative themselves. I told my old GP that I’m a lesbian and she was totally cool with it. Switched to a different GP, but haven’t told her yet. I remember visiting a Walgreens clinic a few years ago and when the doctor asked me if I needed the pill, I laughed and assured her that would never be necessary. She asked how I was so sure and, not knowing how else to say it (it was my first time revealing my sexuality to a physician), I said, “I’m the ‘L’ in LGBT.” She had no idea what I meant, soooo I had to spell it out.

Health care facilities across the U.S. are making “tremendous strides” toward LGBTQ-inclusive care, according to a new report by national LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.

The organization’s annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), now in its 11th year, found “remarkable progress” in areas including transgender-specific policies for patients, transgender-inclusive benefits for employees and LGBTQ-patient-care training for staff.

“This year has ushered in a new high watermark in LGBTQ inclusion in health care,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement.

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HRC Benefits from Inaugural Cake

This is the best news yet to come out of this travesty of an election…

The cake seemed to originally find offense with the baker of President Obama’s inauguration cake back in 2012. Duff Goldman has appeared on the Food Network with some of his creations. But rather than taking credit for the cake that wasn’t theirs, the new bakery – Buttercream Bakeshop – was commissioned to recreate Goldman’s cake. They then donated all profits from their efforts to the Human Rights Campaign. Because we all know that the new VP hates lgbt citizens.

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New Regime Leadership: Jeff Sessions

I think I’m going to start a new series which I hope you all will contribute to as we fall into lives under a new regime. I admit I don’t go searching for news. I mainly post what I come across on Facebook or the handful of news sites I look at. So if you know of others that might fall under this New Regime Leadership series, please please share.

The man President-elect Donald Trump has nominated as his attorney general pick is a vocal opponent on issues like same-sex marriage and federal hate-crimes legislation, raising concerns among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community,

“It is deeply disturbing that Jeff Sessions, who has such clear animus against so many Americans — including the LGBTQ community, women and people of color — could be charged with running the very system of justice designed to protect them,” Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, said in a statement.

“When Donald Trump was elected, he promised to be president for all Americans, and it is hugely concerning and telling that he would choose a man so consistently opposed to equality as one of his first — and most important — cabinet appointees,” Griffin added.

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SD governor vetoes law on transgender bathrooms

Finally someone listening to sense.

Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who initially reacted positively to the proposal but said he needed to research the issue, rejected the bill after groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Campaign insisted it was discriminatory.

In his veto message, Daugaard said the bill “does not address any pressing issue” and that such decisions were best left to local school officials. He also noted that signing the bill could create costly liability issues for schools and the state. The ACLU had promised to encourage legal action if the bill became law.

“I am so happy right now. You have no idea,” said 18-year-old Thomas Lewis, a transgender high school student in Sioux Falls. Lewis said he has support at his school, but that the veto shows such support goes beyond his friends.

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WV Senate Judiciary Advances Irresponsible Anti-LGBT RFRA Bill

We are simply worthless beings in the eyes of West Virginia politicians.

Following a late vote Friday night by the West Virginia State Senate’s Judiciary Committee to advance HB 4012, HRC and Fairness West Virginia, the statewide LGBT advocacy organization, called on the West Virginia Senate to pull back from HB 4012, the shameful anti-LGBT bill that would put LGBT people — and West Virginians of all walks of life — at risk for discrimination.

The committee vote comes one week after new polling from the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, found that a 54 percent majority of West Virginians oppose a Religious Freedom Restoration Act bill (like HB 4012) that would allow small business owners to deny service to LGBT people — even for so-called religious reasons — and that a 60 percent majority of West Virginians support protecting LGBT people against discrimination in employment, housing and access to public places.

“Freedom of religion is part of our DNA as a country, which is exactly why it is already protected by the First Amendment. HB 4012 won’t protect our freedom, but instead will put all kinds of West Virginians at risk for discrimination. This includes even allowing a person to use HB 4012 as a defense against child abuse, or allowing a pharmacist to argue he is not required to provide birth control,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “The Senate should stop this reckless and irresponsible bill in its tracks and ensure that everyone, including LGBT people, can live free from fear of discrimination in West Virginia.”

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