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Policy brief outlines major impact new health nondiscrimination regulation will have on healthcare providers and insurers, and transgender patients

By | Health Policy, LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute, Trans | No Comments
Today, The Fenway Institute released What the new Affordable Care Act nondiscrimination rule means for providers and LGBT patients, a policy brief outlining the significant impact a new rule of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is expected to have on the ability of transgender people to access health care. Implementation of the new Section 1557 rule, issued by OCR in May 2016, began on July 18. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in health care facilities and programs receiving federal funding. The new rule also explicitly protects people who 
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A shortage of injectable estrogen threatens the health and wellbeing of transgender women.

Injectable Estrogen Shortage Poses Major Health Concerns

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Trans, Women's Health | No Comments
The United States is currently experiencing a severe shortage of injectable estrogen – a hormone treatment used by many transgender women and transfeminine people – that shows no signs of ending. National supplies of Delestrogen and its generic counterpart, Estradiol Valerate, dried up 18 months ago and have not since returned to market. Drug manufacturers estimate that the shortage will last at least until October, if not longer. The health fallout for transgender women in the absence of injectable estrogen could be devastating. Fenway Health, in collaboration with our community partners Callen-Lorde and Treatment Action Group, is seeking to bring 
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On Thursday, July 27 TransCEND (Transgender Care and Education Needs Diversity) will hold a community meeting for anyone interested in learning more about services offered by TransCEND and the future of the program.

What’s new with TransCEND? Find out this Thursday!

By | AIDS Action Committee, Community, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS, Trans, TransCEND | No Comments
On Thursday, July 27 TransCEND (Transgender Care and Education Needs Diversity) will hold a community meeting for anyone interested in learning more about services offered by TransCEND and the future of the program. AIDS Action Committee Executive Director Carl Sciortino and AIDS Action Transgender Health Coordinator Chastity Bowick will answer questions. Light refreshments will be served and attendees will receive a free gift! TransCEND provides support and risk reduction services to transgender women (male to female), who experience much higher rates of HIV than the general population. The program offers free HIV and STI testing and free risk reduction materials 
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Access to public bathrooms is a serious health issue for transgender people.

Bathroom Access Is A Public Health Issue

By | Fenway Health Newsroom, Health Policy, The Fenway Institute, Trans | No Comments
A new paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine outlines the reasons why equal access to public bathrooms is critical to public health, and how lack of safe public accommodations can lead to serious injury and illness for transgender people. The paper, titled Beyond Bathrooms — Meeting the Health Needs of Transgender People, was co-authored by Dr. Sari L. Reisner, Sc.D., Research Scientist at The Fenway Institute. The debate and passage of recent legislation in several states to require people to use the bathroom corresponding with their “birth” sex has led to much fear and misinformation. Claims that 
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed into law "An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination."

Fenway Health Statement on Gov. Baker’s Signing of Transgender Anti-Discrimination Bill

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Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law “An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination,” which will prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public places. Fenway Health President and CEO Steve Boswell MD, FACP released the following statement in response: “We applaud Governor Baker for signing the transgender anti-discrimination bill into law. This marks an important moment in the Commonwealth. Everyone, regardless of their gender identity, deserves full and fair protection from discrimination. The benefits of being able to exercise civil rights in public spaces such as restaurants, hospitals, and public transit impact an individual’s ability to work, to 
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