Health news for LGBT people

In the wake of the Orlando massacre, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn writes at Health IT News about health disparities faced by the LGBT community in America.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, has an over-arching goal to improve the health, safety, and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. The CDC points out that LGBT individuals face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of civil and human rights. These challenges have been associated, in clinical peer-reviewed literature, with higher rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide.

Experiences of violence are frequent for LGBT individuals

--CDC

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Nearly half of employers discriminate against transgender job seekers

The National LGBTQ Task Force and the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights released a resource guide this week to help fight workplace discrimination against transgendered and gender non-conforming people.

It is one of many issues that we concentrate on this week and it is an ongoing issue in general.

--Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan, Trans/Gender Nonconforming Justice Project

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Oregon Judge allows "non-binary" sex option

 photo shupe_zpsvu2brmgw.jpgMultnomah County Circuit Court Judge Amy Holmes Hehn ruled Friday that Jamie Shupe's legal sex would be changed from female to non-binary.

It's really exciting for the courts to actually recognize what we know to be true: gender is a spectrum. Some people don't identify as male or female.

--Nancy Hacque, Basic Rights Oregon

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The Breakfast Club (PBS: Minstrel Banjo)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

 

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Transgender woman shot in the back in Orange County

 photo shooting_zpsjhyfzhkg.jpgAn unnamed transgender woman, thought to be in her twenties or thirties, was walking along Harbor Boulevard in Santa Ana, CA, at about 3am yesterday, when she was shot in the back by a man who she said was Hispanic, with a grey hat.

After sharing that much information, the victim declined to cooperate further with the investigation.

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Judge refuses name change in Georgia

 photo Feldhaus_zps2xqi7miz.jpgRowan Elijah Feldhaus submitted a name change petition which Columbia County Superior Court Judge J. David Roper rejected. Rowan's previous name had been Rebeccah Elizabeth Feldhaus.

The question presented is whether a female has the salutatory right to change her name to a traditionally and obviously male name. The court concludes that she does not have such right.

--Judge Roper

Lambda Legal submitted a filing to the Georgia Court of Appeals challenging the denial yesterday.

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The Knucklehead effect

The Chicago City Council's Committee on Human Relations advanced an ordinance to the City Council Floor which will close a loophole in the city's human rights code which could make it difficult for transgender people to access public washrooms.

Under examination was the requirement that people be able to show a government-issued identification card that indicates that their gender matches that indicated for the washroom.

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Support from Spooks, Agents and Analysts

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper addressed the bathroom thing in a press release prior to speaking at the 5th Annual Intelligence Community Pride Summit being held at DIA headquarters in Washington, DC.

I won't dwell on the issue of transgender rights. I know our nation is currently engaged in a complex conversation with strong feelings on both sides. But here in the IC [intelligence community], we have the chance to lead by example.

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Gone viral

14-year-old Corey Maison was badly bullied in 5th grade. One bully even told her that if she killed herself, nobody would care. Why did he do this? Because Corey was different.

Corey shows in her video that she never fit in with her peers when she was younger. She was shunned by girls and teased by boys, and even laughed at by adults later on.

Corey tells her story in the following viral video:

 

 

 

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Look past pink and blue

 photo bathroomAlisha_zps36bzzbbh.jpgThe title of this diary is also the title of a new campaign in New York City informing NYC's residents and visitors that they may use the restroom consistent with their identity.

With people comparing us to dogs,and saying we need to use whatever bushes and trees we can find for privacy, the campaign is very welcome.

The new campaign, which officials debuted Monday, includes real life transgender New Yorkers and tells people to "look past pink and blue" and to "use the restroom consistent with who you are."

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