- December 17, 2019
OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR ACA EXTENDED UNTIL 3 A.M. ET TOMORROW: LGBTQ people are less likely to have health insurance than non-LGBTQ people, so it is critical for the LGBTQ community to be fully aware of the benefits provided them through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Access to affordable health insurance provides a pathway to appropriate care, helps address health disparities that exist in the LGBTQ community and provides critical preventative care. More from Reuters.
TUESDAY TWEETS -- JOIN HRC IN URGING HHS TO SHUT DOWN ANTI-LGBTQ PROPOSAL: This proposal would permit discrimination against LGBTQ people, religious minorities, and women in programs related to foster care, adoption, HIV and STI prevention, refugee resettlement, elder care programs and more. More from HRC’s Charlotte Clymer (@cmclymer).
I want us to get 50,000 comments by Thursday. It's incredibly easy. You click on this link, fill out your info, and use the box below that to tell HHS why you don't want this regulation put in place. It takes all of 45 seconds. https://t.co/9WsjxdsqpD— Charlotte Clymer��️�� (@cmclymer) December 16, 2019
ROBYN OCHS ON WHY BI, PAN, QUEER PEOPLE NEED THE EQUALITY ACT NOW: “I’ve seen firsthand the injustices that bisexual people and other LGBTQ+ people face because we lack explicit legal protections under the law,” said Ochs (@robynochs). “I know my visibility as an openly bisexual woman matters when we talk about this legislation because our community faces unique challenges that can be all too easily dismissed or ignored.” More Washington Blade.
"Passage of the Equality Act is a critical step toward ensuring that bisexual, pansexual, sexually fluid, and queer people, alongside the full LGBTQ+ community, realize the promise of equal opportunity for all." — @robynochs in @WashBlade on #EqualityAct.https://t.co/281ttGInNv— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) December 13, 2019
WINDY CITY TIMES INTERVIEWS HRC PRESIDENT ALPHONSO DAVID ON THE ONGOING FIGHT FOR EQUALITY: “Alphonso David is more than the new national president of the sprawling LGBTQ-rights organization the Human Rights Campaign (HRC),” writes Andrew Davis (@azygous60610). “He is literally the face of change.” Read more from Windy City Times.
PORTLAND, ORE., MAN CONVICTED OF HATE CRIME FOR ATTACKING TRANS WOMAN: Dominick Gonzales, 38, received time served and three years of probation. More from The Associated Press.
COLORADO PARENTS SAY CONVERSION THERAPY CONTRIBUTED TO LESBIAN DAUGHTER’S SUICIDE: Joyce Calvo-Chen, mother of Alana Chen, say she turned to her church when her daughter came out, and that the so-called “counseling” she received was actually dangerous “conversion therapy.” More from CNN.
DALLAS MEN PLEAD GUILTY FOR USING DATING APP TO TARGET AND ROB GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN: They used Grindr to meet men and then force them at gunpoint to withdraw money from ATMs. More from Gay Nation.
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TOKYO DISTRICT COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF TRANS WOMAN SUING EMPLOYER TO USE RESTROOM ALIGNED WITH HER GENDER IDENTITY: More from LGBTQ Nation.
LGBTQ ADVOCATES IN KENYA RAISE RAINBOW FLAG AT PEAK OF MT. KENYA: Consensual same-sex relationships are criminalized in Kenya. More from Mwakilishi.
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The Washington Post shares the history of the U.S. Navy naming a ship after Harvey Milk; Los Angeles Blade interviews Nick Nolan about his new book, ‘No Place Like Home;’ Pioneers Post speaks to the owner of a trans-owned beauty salon in Pakistan; Long Time No See speaks to HRC Press Secretary Elliott Kozuch (@ElliottKozuch) and Casa Ruby about the epidemic of violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people; Compete Network announces Amazin LêThi has become the first Asian athlete to represent Stonewall U.K. as a Sport Champion Ambassador