I am excited to be a part of the Media Team and have the honor of sharing some very exciting news with you. May has brought with it some great news for LGBT Health. The Institutes of Medicine LGBT Advisory Committee released their findings on the current health status of LGBT people in the US.
Read the summary or download the full report: The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better understanding.
Following the release of the report, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, revealed her plans for instituting nondiscrimination policies, within DHHS and throughout the public health care system. Her recommendations were based not only on the above report but also on orders from the President. President Obama, last year revealed a rule change for Hospital Visitation rights, which now protect LGBT persons within hospitals receiving Medicare reimbursements.
The release of the report and news from DHHS coincided with the first National Transgender Health Summit, held right here in San Francisco and hosted by the Center of Excellence in Transgender Health at UCSF. Scholars, community members, and advocates were in attendance for the two-day event which featured a speaker our very own Alice Board Member, Cecilia Chung.
In addition, the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force recently released the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, Injustice at Every Turn. The results of the survey show what those of us who are transgender or gender non-conforming already knew, but is now available to push Transgender and LGB policy forward.
Health issues will continue to be addressed as we push for the passage of policy such as ENDA, the Respect for Marriage Act (Repeal of DOMA), and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I look forward to keeping you up to date in the future.
Amy M. Moore