Category Archives: LGBT news

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.

Paint the Town

“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 NeighborhoodWeek.org

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.’

Friday Wrap-Up, October 12, 2018 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

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Each week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

Click here download the newsletter as a .pdf file.

 

LGBT Older People: Our right to a peaceful life

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Download this file as a .pdf file, click here.

Friday Wrap-Up, August 24, 2018 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

Each week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

Click here download the newsletter as a .pdf file. 

 

Friday Wrap-Up, August 10, 2018 | a message from the Secretary of Aging

The Secretary opens this week’s Wrap-Up with discussion about grandparents coping with children affected by the opioid crisis … their grandchildren.

She and the Governor the governor met with “several area grandparents who have, quite unexpectedly and very unceremoniously, found themselves parenting for the second time around as a direct result of the opioid epidemic. An estimated 82,000 grandparents are the sole caregivers for nearly 89,000 grandchildren in Pennsylvania, and that number is increasing across the commonwealth due to the opioid crisis.”

Each week the Office of the Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Aging releases a Friday newsletter with information relevant to activities, issues and events for older Pennsylvanians and persons with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

Click here download the newsletter as a .pdf file.

 

“Gov. Wolf announces formation of LGBTQ commission” – Penn Live

lgbtq-affairs-commission“Gov. Tom Wolf created Governor Tom Wolf on Monday created the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. ‘Today’s announcement is timely and important, but also not the end of our efforts to create a Pennsylvania that espouses inclusion and diversity in all that we do,’ he said. ‘The efforts of the LGBTQ work group, established early in my administration, are recognized in many accomplishments that will continue and that group’s work will move forward as a function of this commission.'”(Provided)

by Paul Vigna

“‘The creation of the commission on LGBTQ Affairs is one step of many we have taken to ensure obstacles are removed for anyone who is facing an unfair disadvantage based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression,’ Wolf said in a press release. ‘It’s a step we took together with our stakeholder and advocacy groups and one that those involved asked for – a commission to help coordinate and drive statewide equality efforts.’

“The 40-member commission, believed to be the only one in the country, will be led by executive director Todd Snovel. Most recently, Snovel was the Assistant Dean for Engagement and Inclusion at Lebanon Valley College, where he led the team working with students in the co-curricular experience and initiated campus-wide efforts in equity, diversity, and inclusion.”

Read this article in its entirety at PennLive.com

Registration is now open for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging LGBTQ Aging Summit

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Register today for Pennsylvania’s inaugural LGBTQ Aging Summit! The summit will be held on October 9-10 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111.

Day One | Tuesday, Oct. 9                           Day Two | Wednesday, Oct. 10

Summit       3:00 PM – 5:15 PM                          Summit       8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Reception 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM

Registration Fee

Attending Both Days              $50

Attending Only Day 1             $20

Attending Only Day 2             $30

Scholarship opportunities are available to older adults who would like to attend but are unable to pay for the cost of registration.

Hotel Reservations

Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Block Rate         $124 per night

Limited availability – offer expires Sept. 18

To learn more, register, or apply for a scholarship, visit www.ltltrainingpa.org.

Pride Month

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Diversity is a force multiplier for our armed forces as well as for our nation.
Equality and inclusion are good for our national security. 
 

As a next-generation veterans empowerment organization, IAVA is proud of our long record of standing with our LGBT brothers and sisters in arms. For many years, our courageous LGBT members and allies have led the charge for equality within VA, the Department of Defense and beyond.

IAVA stepped forward to back repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, to fight against DOMA, and to vigorously oppose the transgender ban in the military. We will always be proud of these moments in IAVA’s history when we stood, often alone, on the right side of history. When every other national veterans group was silent, IAVA was a lone voice of leadership, reason and courage.

And IAVA is continuing the fight to ensure LGBT service members veterans and families are treated with the same dignity and respect afforded to all members of the military.

Equality for all is an essential American value. And key to a stronger, modern military.

We’re proud to stand with you this #PrideMonth. And forever forward. 
 
Onward!
 
Team IAVA