HUD Offers Guidance On “Appropriate Placement” Of Transgender People In Homeless Shelters

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The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published new guidelines for emergency homeless shelters that explicitly state that people who are transgender should be assigned to single-sex shelters that conform with their gender identity. The guidelines were published to clarify a rule proposed in 2012 stating that any housing program that receives federal funding must be made available “to individuals and families without regard to actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.” The new guidelines, published November 20, 2015 on National Transgender Day of Remembrance, make it clear that people who are transgender and 
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Fenway Health to Host Conference on Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health

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Despite the growing visibility of transgender and gender variant people in recent years, this demographic still faces vast disparities in the realms of medical and behavioral health care. Too often, providers lack the knowledge and training needed to give transgender patients the sensitive and comprehensive care they deserve. In an effort to fill this education gap, Fenway Health presents our Transgender Health Conference, Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health, which will take place Friday October 2 and Saturday October 3. The conference is intended to be an educational program on the transgender community for health care providers, as well as members 
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Speak Out Against Violence Toward Transgender And Gender Non-Conforming People

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In the last month, there have been three reported homicides of transgender or gender non-conforming people: Kandis Capri of Phoenix, AZ; Elisha Walker of Rowan County, NC; and Tamara Dominguez in Kansas City, MO. With their deaths, there have now been 17 documented homicides this year of transgender or gender non-conforming people (15 of whom were transgender women of color). The risks to health, safety, and well-being that transgender and gender non-conforming people take simply by living authentically are well known. Last month, a study by Fenway Institute researchers and others published in Milbank Quarterly documented the significant incidences of 
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The Fenway Institute and MTPC Release Project VOICE Report on Transgender Discrimination in Public Accommodations

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Nearly two-thirds of transgender Massachusetts residents have experienced discrimination in a public accommodation setting in the past 12 months and those experiencing this discrimination were nearly twice as likely to report adverse physical and mental health outcomes, according to a study released today by The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health. The Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Act, passed in 2011 and implemented in 2012, does not cover public accommodations. Public accommodations include “any place that is open to the public and provides good or services” such as hotels, restaurants, public parks, buses, trains, theatres, hospitals 
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Fenway Health Study in JGIM Shows Elevated Rates of Inadequate Pap Tests in Transgender Men

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Fenway Health’s Jennifer Potter, MD, and colleagues at Fenway, Harvard Medical School and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health have published study results in the Journal of General Internal Medicine finding that female to male (FTM) transgender patients had over a 10 times higher odds of having an inadequate Papanicolaou (Pap) test compared to female patients. The researchers  found that FTM patients were more likely to have an inadequate Pap, with prevalence of inadequate samples 8.3 times higher among tests of FTM patients (10.8% vs. 1.3% of tests); were more likely to have had multiple inadequate Pap tests; and 
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