LGBT advocacy

Fenway President and CEO Stephen L. Boswell highlights the work to be done in 2015.

Looking Forward To 2015

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Though the LGBT community has made important strides towards equality in Massachusetts and across the United States, we continue to experience health disparities and inequities in health care delivery. At Fenway Health, we work every day to make the world a healthier place and there are several important issues we will be working to address in 2015. Last year’s Massachusetts legislative session ended without passage of An Act Relative to HIV-Associated Lipodystrophy Treatment. Lipodystrophy, or fat redistribution, is a problem with the way the body produces, uses, and stores fat that can have disfiguring effects on a person’s appearance and 
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LGBT intimate partner violence cannot be ignored.

New Report Shines Light On LGBT Intimate Partner Violence

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and across the country, long-needed discussions about identifying and preventing intimate partner violence (IPV) are taking place. Unfortunately, the national discourse around IPV is overwhelmingly framed as an issue of heterosexual, cisgender partnerships, and does not address the reality that IPV is a serious LGBT issue. LGB partner abuse is rarely acknowledged by mainstream press and research organizations, and abuse experienced by transgender or gender non-conforming individuals is completely ignored. This erasure of an entire segment of IPV survivors only serves to silence and re-victimize them. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has 
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National Coming Out Day is October 11.

National Coming Out Day: Why Coming Out Is A Health Issue

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This Saturday, October 11, marks the 16th annual National Coming Out Day. Sharing an anniversary with the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, National Coming Out Day is a time to celebrate the courage of openly LGBT individuals, and to raise awareness of the progress made and struggles still faced by the LGBT community. At Fenway Health, we recognize that coming out is an extremely personal decision, and that the path through the closet door is unique to each person’s story. While individual experiences are as varied as the people within our communities, research suggests that one 
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5 Things You Can Do on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). The date was selected to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to remove homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. Since then, the LGBT community has come a long way; but we still face many health, economic, and legal/social barriers, as well as alarmingly high levels of bias-driven violence. Here at Fenway, we see first-hand how homophobia and transphobia negatively impact the health and well-being of LGBT people. Here are five ways you can participate in the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia to make sure it 
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YLC Hosts LGBT Film Festival Event

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOFTAVaeHWw[/youtube] On Tuesday, May 8, the Young Leaders Council of Fenway Health will be hosting a screening of short films for the 28th Annual Boston LGBT Film Festival. The screening features Lions of New York, a documentary that follows the New York City’s most prominent gay hockey team; Pursuit, a film by Patty Newton that deconstructs the traditional romantic comedy with two female leads; and Au Commencement, a subtitled French animated short about two sperm who happened to be gay. Additionally, the award-winning documentary filmmaker Blair Doroshwalther and producer Giovanna Chesler will present a sneak preview rough-cut of their documentary, 
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