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  • August 18, 2020 8:00 AM | Jeff Straw (Administrator)

    Take 5 minutes to support equal access to shelters.

    As you know, many in our community have been displaced by the pandemic, which has only compounded inequities - those most vulnerable need your signature now. 

    The latest proposal of the Department of Housing and Urban Development guts protections for transgender people by removing critical equal access protections to regulations meant to ensure the safety of anyone in need of HUD-funded programs, including gender-specific homeless shelters.  

    The administration and HUD needs to hear from you - our experts who understand the important role that safe shelter plays in the health care of our sexual and gender minority patients.

    The LBGT PA Caucus is supporting GLMA & the National Center for Transgender Equality in asking health and social services providers to sign-on to a provider comment letter, which will be submitted to HUD in opposition to the rule changes. Sign NOW.

    Please share with your colleagues.

    The deadline to join the letter is 11:59PM PDT on August 24.

  • June 20, 2020 8:00 PM | Jeff Straw (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who attended the first-ever Pride in PA Practice CME conference and our online Annual Membership Meeting.  

    Thank you to our wonderful presenters!

    Thank you to all of our donors!

    Your participation, involvement, and dedication to the Caucus are truly appreciated!

    We look forward to connecting again in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future!

    With love and Pride,

    LBGT PA Caucus Leadership Team

  • May 31, 2020 5:00 PM | Jeff Straw (Administrator)

    We are all deeply shaken by the events of the last few days. We cannot disregard that this tragedy is occurring simultaneously with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, which already disproportionately affects communities of color. We are grieving the murder of George Floyd and extending our sympathy to his family, friends, and community. At the same time we are experiencing increasing violence against other racial, sexual, and gender minorities, and members of religious communities. These problems are not only occurring here but all around the world.

    There are many of us who are personally impacted by these events, whether we live near or far from the areas that are most directly affected. We have clients, faculty, providers, staff, family, and friends who live in areas where facing police violence is a daily struggle.

    The LBGT PA Caucus is committed to a future with a healthy sexual and gender climate, and eliminating health disparities for all. We cannot create that climate without addressing the systemic racial inequality in our country. Action is needed not just now, but year-round and in large and small ways. We encourage you to talk with your family and community members about the insidiousness of racism and racial inequality, prejudice, and discrimination of all types, the violent history of policing, and encourage increased consciousness and methods that can make a positive difference.

    We support communities of color, specifically Black communities, in prioritizing healing from this retraumatization. Many of us are donating time and resources to organizations that are working on racial justice. Please support these organizations.

  • March 19, 2020 2:43 PM | Jeff Straw (Administrator)

    The LBGT PA Caucus joined over 100 other organizations as signatories of a national open letter about coronavirus and the LGBTQ+ communities.

    The letter, organized by the National LGBT Cancer Network and GLMA, addresses the LGBTQ+ communities’ increased vulnerability for coronavirus 19 as a direct result of three factors:

          The LGBTQ+ population uses tobacco at rates that are 50% higher than the general population. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that has proven particularly harmful to smokers.

          The LGBTQ+ population has higher rates of HIV and cancer, which means a greater number of us may have compromised immune systems, leaving us more vulnerable to COVID-19 infections.

          LGBTQ+ people continue to experience discrimination, unwelcoming attitudes, and lack of understanding from providers and staff in many health care settings, and as a result, many are reluctant to seek medical care except in situations that feel urgent – and perhaps not even then.

    Read more here...

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