Category Archives: LGBT news

“Navigating The Coming Out Conversation — From Both Sides” – NPR

coming outWednesday Holmes/ @hellomynameiswednesday for NPR

by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low

“Coming out is scary no matter how old you are or how loving your friends and family may be. You’re revealing a deeply vulnerable side of yourself, and fearing that the person you’re sharing with could say something harmful in response.

“On the flip side, when someone comes out to you, it can be tricky to know what to say. How do you express uncertainty or fears without seeming insensitive? How do you show your support without being overbearing? Even the most well-intentioned listeners can accidentally say something wrong.

“Coming out conversations, with all of their nuances, can be tricky to navigate.

“But fear not, we’re here to help. For this episode of Life Kit, we spoke to queer and trans people about their own coming out experiences and the advice they would give to people on both sides of the conversation.”

Click here to continue reading this NPR article in its entirety.

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Tuesday, September 15 | YOU’RE INVITED! LGBTQ+ Housing Webinar Series, Session 2

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The following message is sent on behalf of Robert Torres, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

The results of the 2020 State Plan on Aging survey listed available and affordable housing as one of the critical factors in ensuring age-friendly communities over the next five years.  Therefore, we are pleased to share the attached invitation and encourage your participation in the second session of the LGBTQ+ Housing Webinar Series.  This session is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM and will cover affordable housing options and supportive services offered locally. We hope you can attend.

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2020 Pennsylvania LGBTQ Needs Assessment

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PLEASE participate in Pennsylvania’s LGBTQ community needs assessment. The goal of this survey is to gather information to better understand the health status and health care experience of you and our community.

Deadline is April 24th!

Your responses to this survey are anonymous. They do not ask for your name, address, or phone number. All responses will be kept confidentially. They do not record participants’ computer user IDs, IP addresses, and/or other tracking information. You will not be identified in any way. Saved data is stored in a secure place. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible by law. This survey is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. An independent non-profit organization is conducting the survey and summarizing all findings.

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SAVE THE DATE(s)! | THE 2020 PA Community Alliance Summit

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Survey – State Plan on Aging LGBTQ Commission

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is in the process of developing its State Plan on Aging for 2020-2024. The State Plan acts as a blueprint for how the Department of Aging will meet its federally mandated responsibilities, respond to emergent issues, and lead the way in providing the best possible service, support and opportunities for a growing, diverse older population.

The following information is being collected by the Aging Workgroup of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs in order to better advocate for the needs of LGBTQ older Pennsylvanians in the 2020-2024 State Plan.

To help us develop our recommendations for the State Plan, we need to hear from you! We need to hear both from providers who work with older adults as well as from LGBTQ individuals who receive services from the aging network. Your input will provide us with data that can be used to prioritize recommendations and to strengthen our case for how to best address the needs of LGBTQ older adults in the next State Plan on Aging.

The following link will direct you to a short anonymous survey. The 12-question survey includes questions for providers about the work taking place in your agencies and communities, as well as questions for LGBTQ individuals about your experiences and perceptions of the provider network.

HHS’s Proposed Changes to Non-Discrimination Regulations Under ACA Section 1557 – Kaiser Family Foundation

Removing gender identity and sex stereotyping from the definition of prohibited sex-based discrimination could allow health care providers to refuse to serve individuals who are transgender or who do not conform to traditional sex stereotypes.”

On June 14, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed what it describes as “substantial revisions” to its regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability in health programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Notably, it is the first federal civil rights law to prohibit discrimination in health care based on sex. The 60-day public comment period on the proposed changes closes on August 13, 2019. The proposal cannot change Section 1557’s protections in the law enacted by Congress but would significantly narrow the scope of the existing HHS implementing regulations, if finalized, by:

  • Eliminating the general prohibition on discrimination based on gender identity, as well as specific health insurance coverage protections for transgender individuals;
  • Adopting blanket abortion and religious freedom exemptions for health care providers;
  • Eliminating the provision preventing health insurers from varying benefits in ways that discriminate against certain groups, such as people with HIV or LGBTQ people;
  • Weakening protections that provide access to interpretation and translation services for individuals with limited English proficiency;
  • Eliminating provisions affirming the right of private individuals to challenge alleged violations of § 1557 in court and to obtain money damages, as well as requirements for covered entities to provide non-discrimination notices and grievance procedures;
  • Narrowing the reach of the regulations by only covering specific activities that receive federal funding, but not other operations, of health insurers that are not “principally engaged in the business of providing health care,” and no longer applying the regulations to all HHS-administered programs;

HHS also requests comment on whether to change certain provisions intended to ensure equal access for people with disabilities. It also proposes eliminating prohibitions on discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in 10 other Medicaid, private insurance, and education program regulations outside Section 1557. If finalized, HHS’s proposed changes would substantially narrow, and in many cases entirely eliminate, the regulations’ existing protections against discrimination in meaningful ways.

Continue reading this article at the Kaiser Family Foundation, click here.


“How to Create an LGBTQ-Friendly Neighborhood by HomeAdvisor”

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“Members of the LGBTQ community and their allies have created safe places where they can feel comfortable, welcome, and free to be themselves, both in public areas and in the privacy of their own homes. The most LGBTQIAPK-friendly places in the United States have several things in common, many of which you can duplicate in your neighborhood.

“No matter your sexuality or gender, you can create a more LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood by duplicating some of these same features. Through simple demonstrations of solidarity, welcoming, and active support of LGBTQIAPK businesses and services, you and your neighbors can make it known that you support them and are invested in their happiness.

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“One of the easiest ways to express your support is to incorporate LGBTQ symbols and traditions into your neighborhood. From simple design elements on your property to neighborhood-wide events, these public displays of inclusion are a must for any LGBTQ-friendly block:”

You can read this article in its entirety, click here.

We often get content submissions from lots of local, regional and national sources, the above article comes from a submission from David Dixon of

In an email, he writes:  I hope these encourage your community members to lend a hand however they can. No act is too small for a person, animal, or even an organization in need, and volunteering is such a meaningful way to make a difference.”

Thank you, David.

Here is more from his email:

“One of our residents’ favorite activities during our annual neighborhood week is to find new ways to improve our community. While most of us volunteer in our free time at least a few times a month, we especially look forward to our Neighborhood Week when we all join forces to make a difference together.”

He continues by saying these articles “I hope will inspire Berks-Lancaster-Lebanon Link site visitors to get active on behalf of their fellow man (and pets in need!). These offer some great ideas (I shared them recently in our neighborhood newsletter to get the juices flowing for our next neighborhood community improvement project):

How to Fit Volunteering into Your Packed Schedule

Student Activism: 4 Ways Your Child Can Help Feed the Hungry in Your Community

Helping Stray Pets

The Community Cat Survival Guide: How to Help Stray and Feral Cats

Here’s how you can help children separated from their parents at the U.S. border

Want to Volunteer Virtually? Here’s How

10 Ways To Make Your Small Business A Force For Good – That Take 1 Hour Or Less To Implement

“Age has nothing to do with it’: how it feels to transition later in life” – The Guardian

“Ruth transitioned at 81, Ramses in his late 40s, and Bethan, at 57, is about to have surgery. Meet the trans baby boomers.”

transition Ruth Rose: ‘I was living a life of pretence.’ Photograph: Fabio De Paola for the Guardian

“Early in October, Ruth Rose went on holiday to Corfu with a group of female friends she had known for years. They swam in the sea every day, making the most of the late summer sunshine. On the last morning before flying home to England, the women took one last swim and skinny-dipped so as not to have to pack their costumes away wet.

“Such adventures would once have been unthinkable for Rose. But the surgery she underwent at the age of 81 has opened doors she would never have thought possible. ‘In some ways it’s like having new hips after being told you would be condemned to arthritis for the rest of your life,’ she says. ‘You do it, and life begins again. And that’s what happened to me. Age has nothing to do with it.’