Gender identity

Trump Administration Signals Plans To Reverse Section 1557 Regulations Prohibiting Discrimination On The Basis Of Gender Identity In Health Care

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On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the Trump Administration signaled that it plans to reverse the Affordable Care Act Section 1557 regulation banning discrimination in health care on the basis of gender identity. After the Section 1557 rule was implemented under President Obama, a group of five states and religiously affiliated health care organizations filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), specifically challenging the provisions of the Section 1557 rule that interpreted sex discrimination to include discrimination based on gender identity and termination of pregnancy. As a result, a federal judge granted a temporary nationwide injunction which 
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Fenway Introduces Pronoun Buttons

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As part of our continuing mission to create safe and affirming spaces for all, Fenway Health is excited to roll out preferred pronoun buttons! These new buttons are available in four versions, each featuring a different set of gender pronouns: He/him/his, she/her/hers, they/them/their, and “ask me!” The buttons make their debut during Transgender Awareness Month, a time when we all renew our commitment to supporting transgender and gender non-conforming people. One simple way to be an ally to this community is by honoring everyone’s preferred gender pronouns. Using someone’s preferred pronouns is an act that is both affirming of their 
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Public Accommodations Protections Critical To Health Of Transgender And Gender Nonconforming People, Study Says

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Policy, The Fenway Institute, Trans | No Comments
Gender minority people who are transgender or gender nonconforming experience widespread discrimination and health inequities. Since 2012, Massachusetts law has provided legal protections against discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, public education, and business. However, the law does not protect against discrimination based on gender identity in places open to the public, such as transportation, retail stores, restaurants, health care facilities, and bathrooms. A new Early Exclusive View study in The Milbank Quarterly that surveyed transgender and gender nonconforming adults in Massachusetts has found that discrimination in public settings is not only common, but is associated 
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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) 2013 is April 21–27. Each April since 1981, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has observed NCVRW as a way of promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year, with funding from a Victims of Crime Act grant from the OVC, Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program is drawing attention to the issue of crimes committed against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals, who often experience heightened levels of violence. 4 in 10 lesbian women and 6 in 10 bisexual women have experienced rape, 
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National LGBT Health Awareness Week 2013

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The 11th annual National LGBT Health Awareness Week—a nationwide event that seeks to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health—runs from March 25–29, 2013. LGBT people experience health disparities unique from the larger population, so one of the most important things providers can do is talk to their patients about sexual orientation and gender identity. It is just as important that patients talk openly with their medical provider about these things so that they can be screened for issues that may disproportionately affect LGBT people. According to the CDC, in 2009, gay and bisexual men and other men who 
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