The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services have taken the landmark step of addressing disparities affecting our LGBT community in health care by including sexual orientation & gender identity (SO/GI) data in requirements for Electronic Health Records (EHRs) certified under the Meaningful Use program. The new final rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) & the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC), require all EHR systems certified under Stage 3 of Meaningful Use to allow users to record, change & access structured data on sexual orientation & gender identity. This requirement is part of the 2015 Edition “demographics” certification criterion & adds SO/GI data to the 2015 Edition Base EHR definition, which is a part of the definition of Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT). Sean Cahill, Director of Health Policy Research at the Fenway Institute stated, “Including sexual orientation & gender identity in the Meaningful Use incentive program is one of the most important things our government has done to promote better understanding of LGBT health disparities & interventions to reduce them.” Kellan Baker, Senior Fellow with the LGBT Research & Communications Project at the Center for American Progress concluded “Authoritative sources such as the Institute of Medicine, the Joint Commission, & Healthy People 2020 have all emphasized the importance of collecting more & better data on the health needs & experiences of LGBT people. Including SO/GI in the demographics criterion for EHR Meaningful Use is a crucial step forward to improving care for LGBT communities.” For More Info: doaskdotell.org Listen: Jennifer Finney Boylan Talks GLAD Events & LGBT Issues Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders@OUTTAKE VOICES™ OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:) SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE
Jennifer Levi the Director of the Transgender Rights Project for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, testified Tuesday at the Massachusetts Statehouse in support of a bill providing protections in public accommodations for the state’s transgender citizens.
Testimony on SB 735 & HB 1577 was heard before the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Current non-discrimination law in the Commonwealth does not expressly protect transgender people in public accommodations, such as stores, restaurants, hospitals, public transportation & parks. Jennifer Levi stated, “In failing to expressly protect its most marginalized citizens as they go about their daily business, Massachusetts is falling behind in its leadership role on equality for all. Being able to point to a statewide policy of inclusion & support will give me and many others the authority we often need to respond when others are telling us to leave a public space or that we are wrong to be there.” An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination would add “gender identity” to existing Massachusetts civil rights law for public accommodations. Massachusetts law currently prohibits discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, sex, religion & marital status. GLAD is a member of the coalition Freedom Massachusetts, which has been working for passage of this bill & is honoring Trans Activist Jennifer Finney Boylan at their 16th Annual Spirit of Justice Award Dinner at the Boston Marriott Copley Place at 110 Huntington Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts on October 16th. Read Full Testimony…. Listen: Jennifer Finney Boylan Talks GLAD Events & LGBT Issues Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders@OUTTAKE VOICES™ OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:) SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE
The 7th Annual MiFo LGBT Film Festival kicks off its Fort Lauderdale edition on October 9th with two weekends of film & events. In a year that has seen momentous advances in LGBT equality LGBT films have also risen to prominence worldwide. This year MiFo is presenting 53 films from 13 countries, guest appearances by actors, directors & producers & a lineup of fabulous parties & events. The array of films includes 7 documentaries, 28 narratives & 18 shorts. Victor Gimenez, Executive Director of MiFo stated, “In addition to a spectacular lineup of films, one of the high points of the festival is the exciting & elaborate events & parties. The Opening Night event at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is going to be an over-the-top, elaborate affair & the Closing Night Awards Party, with a lavish buffet & a fun and exciting awards show, is also a must to attend!” The MiFo LGBT Film Fest is committed to its mission to inspire, entertain & educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international & culturally diverse film, video & other media that offer historical & contemporary perspectives on the lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender experience. As one of the most highly regarded LGBT film festivals in the nation, MiFo is presented by Merrill Lynch, Showtime & the Greater Fort Lauderdale Office of Film, Music & Entertainment. The Festival takes place on Friday, October 9th through Sunday, October 11th & on Thursday, October 15th through Sunday, October 18th. Screenings will be held at the Classic Gateway Theatre, 1820 East Sunrise Boulevard; Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th Street; C & I Studios, 541 NW 1st Avenue & an elegant Opening Night at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. For More Info: mifofilm.com Listen: Jennifer Finney Boylan Talks GLAD Events & LGBT Issues Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders@OUTTAKE VOICES™ OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:) SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE
In San Francisco the Castro Street Fair takes place Sunday October 4th from 11A to 6P. This is one of the oldest LGBT community celebrations in the world founded by Harvey Milk in 1974. The street fair seeks to honor Milk’s original vision that embodies all that is San Francisco & the Castro, which is an historical, hyper-local, grass-roots event, built to support & reflect the community & its important causes. The Castro Street Fair not only is a showcase & celebration of the Castro neighborhood & community but it also features a wide array of local artists, craftspeople & performers with than 50,000 guests visiting the Fair annually as well as over 200 exhibitors. Hundreds of local artists, vendors, craftspeople & organizations line the streets & celebrate the diversity of the neighborhood. There are also live entertainment & dance stages throughout the fairgrounds. On the Main Stage at Castro & Market the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band will be performing at 11:30A followed by CHEER SF at noon, Muñecas at 12:45P with The Whoa Nellies! At 2P, then The Ethel Merman Experience at 3:15P concluding with Super Square at 4:30P. There are also all day performances at 18th Street Stage, Dance Alley, Sundance Way & new this year Kink Karnival Alley. The Castro Street Fair is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization & all proceeds go directly to charitable causes important to the Castro community. Additionally the Castro Street Fair funds the rainbow flag that flies over the intersection of Castro & Market streets. Last year the fair raised over $76,000. For More Info: castrostreetfair.org Listen: Jennifer Finney Boylan Talks GLAD Events & LGBT Issues Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders@OUTTAKE VOICES™ OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:) SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE
Since our LGBT youth experience homelessness at a much higher rate than their heterosexual peers they also face significant challenges accessing food, shelter, health care, education & employment. In addition homeless youth often struggle to obtain state-issued photo identification, which further limits their access to programs & services that may aid them in securing safe & stable housing. The Center for American Progress has released a new report examining the challenges that LGBT homeless youth face in obtaining state-issued identification & systematically reviews the patchwork of state & municipal laws that either erect or remove barriers to ID access. Laura E. Durso, Director of CAP’s LGBT Research & Communications Project stated, “States have put up serious barriers to homeless youth obtaining ID cards & LGBT homeless youth face even greater challenges. Only 22 percent of states offer free or reduced-cost IDs to the homeless & nearly half require parental consent before issuing IDs to those underage. For the many LGBT homeless youth who leave home because they are not accepted by their families this makes obtaining ID particularly difficult. Transgender individuals often have to provide proof of surgery or an amended birth certificate to receive an ID. All this only raises the bar even higher for LGBT homeless youth to obtain the required ID to secure the employment, care, or shelter they so desperately need.” The report was authored by former CAP Research Associate Hannah Hussey & makes concrete recommendations for states to improve the ability of LGBT homeless youth to receive the identification documents they need. For More Info: americanprogress.org Listen: Jennifer Finney Boylan Talks GLAD Events & LGBT Issues Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders@OUTTAKE VOICES™ OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:) SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE
Equality Forum celebrating their 10th annual LGBT History Month has provided role models, teaches history, builds community to make an important civil rights statement about our LGBT community’s important contributions. Each day in October an Icon is featured with a video, bio, downloadable images & other educational resources. George Chauncey
Samuel Knight Professor of American History & Chair of the History Department, Yale University stated, “LGBT History Month sends an important message to our nation’s teachers, school boards, community leaders & youth about the vital importance of recognizing & exploring the role of gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender people in American history.” The 2015 LGBT Icons being honored this year are: activist Jane Addams, solider Miriam Ben-Shalom, inaugural poet Richard Blanco, poet/performer Staceyann Chin, basketball player Jason Collins, transgender actress Laverne Cox, record producer Clive Davis, interior designer Elsie de Wolfe, author Samuel Delany, filmmaker Arthur Dong, educators Emery Hetrick & Damien Martin, rock star Mick Jagger, actress Angelina Jolie, US Vice President William Rufus King, comedian Jackie “Moms” Mabley, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, Ugandan activist Frank Mugisha, gay pioneer Jack Nichols, politician Elaine Noble, educator & activist Antonia Pantoja, US Cabinet Member Frances Perkins, TV broadcaster Robin Roberts, Transgender native American Sahaykwisa, football player Michael Sam, transgender advocate Barbra Siperstein, singer Dusty Springfield, equality attorney Tom Stoddard, tennis champion William “Big Bill” Tilden II, performer Tim’m T. West, marriage equality hero Edie Windsor & marriage equality advocate Evan Wolfson. WATCH VIDEO
Update: It's been reported that Pope Francis met with Kim Davis in Washington last week & told her to stay strong. The quote below was made following their secret meeting....
We all knew that Pope Francis during his U.S. visit would make some statement that would be derogatory regarding religious freedom as a means to discriminate against our LGBT community. Well he didn’t disappoint. When reporter Terry Moran from ABC News asked “Do you support those individuals, including government officials, who say they cannot in good conscience … abide by some laws or discharge their duties as government officials, for example when issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples?” Pope Francis stated, “Yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. It is a right & if a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right … Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right, a human right. Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying, ‘this right that has merit, this one does not.'” Russell Roybal, Deputy Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force stated, “As a Catholic, it’s very disappointing that Pope Francis doesn’t seem to understand that politicians & government officials using religion as an excuse to impose their prejudices on the public is profoundly wrong. That’s why we separate church & state in the United States. World history is replete with examples of Catholics being discriminated against—such as in Northern Ireland where in the 1960s and 1970s Catholic families were routinely refused public housing by Protestant government officials. Discrimination was wrong then & it’s wrong today when imposed by politicians on LGBTQ gay & lesbian couples who have a legal right to be issued with a marriage license. Our faith should liberate—not discriminate. Religious liberty is a cherished right but government officials should not be allowed to cherry pick the laws they want to follow and the ones they want to ignore.” Listen: Jennifer Finney Boylan Talks GLAD Events & LGBT Issues Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders@OUTTAKE VOICES™ OUTTAKE VOICES™ NOW ON HUFF POST...:) SUPPORT OUTTAKE™ @ OUR EQUALITY STORE
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