Gender identity

Fenway's new pronoun buttons will help ensure that preferred pronouns are honored and respected.

Fenway Introduces Pronoun Buttons

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Fenway News, Trans | No Comments
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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A new study shows that legal protections in public settings are crucial to the health of transgender and gender nonconforming people.

Public Accommodations Protections Critical To Health Of Transgender And Gender Nonconforming People, Study Says

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Policy, The Fenway Institute, Trans | One Comment
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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Violence affects us all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

By | Behavioral Health, Community, Trans | No Comments
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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Come Out For Health

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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Including information on LGBT patients in Electronic Health Records will lead to improved care and reduced health disparities

Fenway Calls for Inclusion in IOM Report on Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in EHRs

By | Fenway News, Health Policy, LGBT Health | No Comments
Last week, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of The National Academies released a summary of presentations and discussions from the October 12 IOM workshop Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data Collection in Electronic Health Records. The one-day workshop brought together prominent health care organizations, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) health organizations, and groups involved in the development and implementation of electronic health records (EHRs) to present varying viewpoints on the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data in EHRs. That summary is available here. The release of the summary does not represent a new position statement or recommendations 
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