interACT: Calls on the Society for Pediatric Urology to Condemn Nonconsensual Medically Unnecessary Surgeries

On Intersex Infants, Including Clitoral Reductions and Vaginoplasties  | Advocates for Intersex Youth  Children born with intersex traits—variations that cause their bodies to transcend typical notions of male and female—continue to suffer brutalizing and traumatic surgeries performed without their consent, often before they are even old enough to speak. Today, May 12th, 2017, marks the opening of … More interACT: Calls on the Society for Pediatric Urology to Condemn Nonconsensual Medically Unnecessary Surgeries

Coalition of Orgs Sends Summit on Black Lives Policy Demands to Trump Admin and Congres

WASHINGTON, DC – In a comprehensive public policy letter sent to the Trump Administration and Congress, a broad coalition of 44 civil rights and health advocacy organizations urged the federal government to center the lives of African Americans in the nation’s fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The letter was born out of the Summit … More Coalition of Orgs Sends Summit on Black Lives Policy Demands to Trump Admin and Congres

European Court Ends Forced Sterilizations of Transgender People

The European Court of Human Rights today found that the sterilization requirement in legal gender recognition violates human rights. Setting the legal precedent for Europe, this decision will force the remaining 22 countries using the infertility requirement to change their laws. This historic decision is delivered in three joined cases against France about the lack … More European Court Ends Forced Sterilizations of Transgender People

2nd Circuit Panel Urges Full Appellate Court to Reconsider Anti-Gay Discrimination Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A three-judge panel on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an opinion in Christansen v. Omnicon, the case of Matthew Christiansen, an HIV-positive gay man who faced extreme harassment and discrimination in his workplace by his supervisor.The panel determined that Christiansen made a successful Title VII claim with regard to gender stereotyping, but that the … More 2nd Circuit Panel Urges Full Appellate Court to Reconsider Anti-Gay Discrimination Claims

Marin Second Healthiest County in California – While Worse than State Average for Income Inequality

County and community collaborating on addressing challenges –  San Rafael, CA – Marin County’s track record of being one of the healthiest counties in California is intact, according to new statistics, but several significant issues remain for those who deliver health care and other wellness services. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its annual rankings … More Marin Second Healthiest County in California – While Worse than State Average for Income Inequality

New HHS Appointment Severino is Anti Planned Parenthood And Anti Choice

Appointment of Roger Severino  yields an Anti Reproductive Rights Director to Lead Office for Civil Rights At Department of Health and Human Services WASHINGTON, DC, March 24, 2017 –Today, Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following statement in response to the appointment of Roger Severino … More New HHS Appointment Severino is Anti Planned Parenthood And Anti Choice

Trump Admin Selects Anti-Transgender Activist to Lead HHS Civil Rights Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week President Trump’s administration quietly appointed Roger Severino, a longtime opponent of transgender equality, as the head of the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services. Severino formerly ran the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation, an anti-LGBT think tank and lobbying … More Trump Admin Selects Anti-Transgender Activist to Lead HHS Civil Rights Office

Marin Youth Still Targeted by Tobacco, Alcohol Ads

Statewide survey shows addictive products edge out healthy alternatives San Rafael, CA – A statewide review of tobacco, alcohol and food products in community stores shows unhealthy products edge out healthier ones, and Marin retailers near schools sell addictive products aimed at youths. “Healthy retail is an important part of community health,” said Dr. Matt … More Marin Youth Still Targeted by Tobacco, Alcohol Ads

Marin Supervisors Ban Recreational Cannabis

Board of Supervisors opts for local control on business activities –  San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on February 7 to ban non-medical cannabis business activities in unincorporated areas. “Our primary focus is to consider medical cannabis dispensaries over the next few months,” said Board President Judy Arnold. “Banning nonmedical cannabis … More Marin Supervisors Ban Recreational Cannabis

Influenza Widespread in Marin, Bay Area

Public Health Officer says it’s not too late to get a flu shot San Rafael, CA – County public health departments around the Bay Area are announcing that influenza activity is increasing and has reached “widespread” levels. Areas with the most influenza activity in the state include the Bay Area. Flu transmission in Marin County … More Influenza Widespread in Marin, Bay Area

World AIDS Day NBJC Lauds President Obama and What You Can do

* Leadership * Commitment * Impact * NBJC World AIDS Day Statement: December 1, 2016 marks the 28th Anniversary of World AIDS Day. The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS, joins … More World AIDS Day NBJC Lauds President Obama and What You Can do

Ugandan Human Rights Defenders Win Constitutional Court Battle

In Uganda, the Constitutional Court handed down its favorable judgment in the case Juuko Adrian v Attorney General, Constitutional Petition No. 1 of 2009 , which challenged Section 15(6)(d) of the Equal Opportunities Commission Act. The provision barred the Commission from investigating “any matter involving behavior which is considered to be immoral and socially harmful, or … More Ugandan Human Rights Defenders Win Constitutional Court Battle

Callen-Lorde and Edie Windsor to Dedicate the Thea Spyer Center in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Callen-Lorde and Marriage Equality Champion Edie Windsor to Dedicate the Thea Spyer Center in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony; Facility Housing Callen-Lorde’s Mental Health Program Named in Honor of Late Pioneering Psychologist’s Work Thursday, November 3, 9 AM, Ground-level entrance to the Thea Spyer Center at Callen-Lorde 230 W 17th Street (between 7th and 8th Aves) New … More Callen-Lorde and Edie Windsor to Dedicate the Thea Spyer Center in Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Shortage of Injectable Estrogen as Public Health Risk

ESTROGEN IN PATCH AND TABLET FORMS SAFE AND EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE New York, NY- Callen-Lorde Community Health Center warns of potential public health risk for transgender women and transfeminine people due to a nationwide shortage of some generic and brand name injectable estrogen.  Makers of the drugs have reported manufacturing delays in getting the medications to the market. “During times like these, we want … More Shortage of Injectable Estrogen as Public Health Risk

Callen-Lorde Board Elects First Trans Chair

New York, NY- Callen-Lorde Community Health Center’s Board of Directors has elected Laura A. Jacobs Chair of the Board, the organization’s first trans and genderqueer-identified Board Chair in the organization’s history. Jacobs is a psychotherapist in New York City, New Jersey and Westchester, who works with transgender and gender-nonconforming, LGBTQ, and sexual/gender minority populations. Jacobs … More Callen-Lorde Board Elects First Trans Chair

Marin County Confirms Case of Zika Virus

 San Rafael, CA – Today, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed Marin’s first Zika virus infection. The disease was contracted by an individual who was in Central America recently. The spread of the Zika virus occurs primarily through infected Aedes mosquitoes, which have not been detected in Marin. Due to … More Marin County Confirms Case of Zika Virus

ACT UP AIDS Activist’s Letter To Hillary Clinton

” I have been fighting for my life since Reagan was in office. I remember the conversation about AIDS Nancy Reagan started–I remember the dark black wind of nothingness,” Matt Ebert Democratic candidate for the United States presidency, former First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton praised Nancy Reagan for “starting the conversation … More ACT UP AIDS Activist’s Letter To Hillary Clinton

California State Senator Speaks out Against Reagan on AIDS

In an interview conducted at Nancy Reagan’s funeral today, Hillary Clinton praised her for “starting the conversation on AIDS” and then later, after an outcry by the Gay community, retracted her comment, saying she misspoke. Today we are reminded that some of our politicians have stood up against those who wish to the rewrite history … More California State Senator Speaks out Against Reagan on AIDS

Israeli Gay Couple Discover Surrogate Baby Mistake

Wrong Baby From Surrogate Mother in Nepal Posted By Melanie Nathan, January 08, 2016. Several weeks after completing the surrogate birth process in Nepal, a gay Israeli couple learned that the baby girl they’d been told was theirs and had been caring for is not their daughter. The error was revealed by the routine tissue … More Israeli Gay Couple Discover Surrogate Baby Mistake

Broad Coalition File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Challenge to Texas Abortion Restrictions

The State of Texas has argued that the law protects the health of women seeking abortion, but the evidence at trial showed just the opposite. In fact, medical organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Medical Association, and the American Public Health Association have explained that the restrictions imposed by the new law are medically unnecessary and endanger, rather than advance, women’s health. … More Broad Coalition File Amicus Brief in Supreme Court Challenge to Texas Abortion Restrictions

Press Conference to Underscore Planned Parenthood’s Vital Work in African American Communities

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Planned Parenthood Patients Hold Press Conference to Underscore Planned Parenthood’s Vital Work in African American Communities Posted by Melanie Nathan, September 25, 2015. Washington, D.C. – In the face of a looming government shutdown, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04), Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD-04), and Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), will … More Press Conference to Underscore Planned Parenthood’s Vital Work in African American Communities

EQCA Call to Action Tell California Governor Brown to Support AB 959

LGBT Disparities Reduction Act Posted by Melanie Nathan, September, 15, 2015. This call to action to urge California Governor Jerry Brown to support the LGBT Disparities Reduction Act, AB 959, has been sent tout by EQCA – please participate and pass around: As LGBT people in California, we are invisible. We’re invisible because the state … More EQCA Call to Action Tell California Governor Brown to Support AB 959

Transgender Woman Files Federal Suit in Bloodworks Firing

Posted by Melanie Nathan, September 01, 2015. A transgender woman has filed a federal suit against Bloodworks Northwest, formerly known as Puget Sound Blood Center, a Seattle-based blood clinic, for terminating her employment on the basis of sex. The complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle, alleges that … More Transgender Woman Files Federal Suit in Bloodworks Firing

Aetna Denies Coverage for Trans Women Surgery Violating Colorado Law

A Colorado Transgender woman is demanding that Aetna Life Insurance Company cover her medically necessary gender reassignment surgery, noting that Aetna’s Coverage Denial Violates Colorado Law. Posted by Melanie Nathan, July 28, 2915. The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) is demanding that Aetna Life Insurance Company reverse its decision to deny coverage for … More Aetna Denies Coverage for Trans Women Surgery Violating Colorado Law

SCOTUS Affordable Care Act Decision Impacts LGBT America

LGBT Group Praises SCOTUS Decision on Affordable Care Act Posted by Melanie Nathan, June 25, 20915. In a 6-3 decision, a decisive victory for President Obama, the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the broad reach of the new healthcare law, ruling the government may continue to provide tax subsidies for low- and middle-income people who buy … More SCOTUS Affordable Care Act Decision Impacts LGBT America

South African Doctor Winner of Grand Challenges Explorations

June 17, 2015, Posted By Melanie Nathan. Gateway Health Institute Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for Groundbreaking Research in Global Health and Development Pretoria – Gateway Health Institute announced  today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Coenie Louw will pursue an innovative … More South African Doctor Winner of Grand Challenges Explorations

Groundbreaking AMA Resolution No Medically Valid Reason for Military’s Transgender Ban

Groundbreaking Resolution Reflects Consensus that Policy is Outdated While Dismissing Military’s Rationale for Transgender Exclusion By Melanie Nathan,  June 09, 2015. The American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s oldest and largest physicians group with nearly 220,000 members, made history today by passing a resolution declaring that “there is no medically valid reason to exclude transgender … More Groundbreaking AMA Resolution No Medically Valid Reason for Military’s Transgender Ban

Center for American Progress Brief calls for LGBT Health Care Protections

New Rules for Affordable Care Act Implementation Are an Opportunity to Eliminate LGBT Discrimination in Health Care Posted by Melanie Nathan, April 30, 2015. Washington, D.C. – The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is changing the health care landscape for millions of people, including for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, Americans. However, … More Center for American Progress Brief calls for LGBT Health Care Protections

Justice Department’s Historic Action on Transgender Inmate Rights

TLDEF Applauds Justice Department’s Historic Action Supporting Transgender Inmate Right To Hormone Treatment Posted by Melanie Nathan, April 6, 2015. The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF) responded to news that the United States Department of Justice has filed a brief supporting a transgender prisoner’s right to hormone treatment in her federal case against the Georgia … More Justice Department’s Historic Action on Transgender Inmate Rights