For the first time, Healthy People 2020--the key science-based, 10-year national list of objectives for improving the health of all Americans--includes LGBTQ health. This historically documents and addresses the unique challenges, disparities and opportunities that LGBTQ people face and demonstrates the need for more robust data collection to track and address progress and trends.
With the introduction of The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the launch of Out2Enroll, the national initiative to connect LGBTQ people and their families, friends and allies with the ACA’s new health insurance coverage options, LGBTQ people can finally find affordable, quality health insurance. PFLAG National is a founding Advisory Committee member of Out2Enroll and received White House recognition for its distinctive leadership.
As of January 2014, insurance companies can no longer discriminate against anyone due to pre-existing conditions, and because of the law, insurers can no longer turn someone away just because they are LGBTQ. And thanks to the implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor, legally married-same sex couples are recognized as spouses for purposes of qualifying for federal tax subsidies to help purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, regardless of where they live. Since 2015, insurance companies that offer coverage to opposite-sex spouses cannot deny coverage to legally married same-sex spouses.
The ACA’s non-discrimination component that is strongly needed by LGBTQ people is called Section 1557, and the final rule to ensure explicit non-discrimination protections on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, for which PFLAG National advocated strongly, was issued by the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on May 13, 2016. This would eliminate language currently present in most health insurance policies that explicitly exclude transgender people from receiving health coverage or services, regardless of whether they are transition-related. Anyone who believes that they have been discriminated against on protections covered by Section 1557 may file a complaint with HHS OCR.
Following are LGBTQ health-related resources which we will continue to expand:
AIDS.gov blog Find current blog posts on HIV/AIDS, federal resources, news, guest feature reports and events.
Center of Excellence for Transgender Health The Center of Excellence for Transgender Health aims to increase access to comprehensive, effective, and affirming health care services for transgender and gender-variant communities.
The Child and Adolescent Gender Center is a collaboration between UCSF and community organizations that offers comprehensive medical and psychological care, as well as advocacy and legal support, to gender non-conforming/transgender youth and adolescents.
Center for American Progress (LGBT) CAP is a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action, combining bold policy ideas with a modern communications platform to help shape the national debate. CAP is designed to provide long-term leadership and support to the progressive movement. CAP’s policy experts on LGBT Research and Communications have a dedicated area on its website with evidence-based reports.
Fenway Community Health and Fenway Institute Fenway’s mission is to enhance the wellbeing of the LGBTQ community and all people in its neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy.
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality (previously known as the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association) GLMA represents both the interests of LGBTQ health professionals of all kinds, as well as millions of LGBTQ patients and families. It addresses the full spectrum of LGBTQ health topics, including breast and cervical cancer, hepatitis, mental health, HIV/AIDS, substance use, tobacco use, access to care for transgender persons, and behavioral health.
Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) The organization's focus on services for people living with AIDS continues and includes HIV education, prevention, care and advocacy.
Healthy People 2020 Produced by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), this is the key science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans which historically includes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health. LGBTQ health experts produced an LGBT compendium document to Healthy People 2010.
LGBT Cancer The National LGBT Cancer Project is the United States’ first and leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered cancer survivor support and advocacy nonprofit organization, committed to improving the health of LGBT cancer survivors with peer to peer support.
LGBT Health Journal Published six times per year, this journal profiles new and cutting-edge science-based LGBTQ health research articles on current and emerging issues.
The National Coalition for LGBT Health The National Coalition for LGBT Health project seeks to de-stigmatize LGBTQ healthcare and raise awareness of LGBTQ health disparities. The coalition also seeks to expand cultural competency for the diverse LGBTQ population, and to improve both access to, and utilization of, health care resources. PFLAG National is a member organization.
National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) Launched in 2009, The White House issued the NHAS for the United States to reflect many of the approaches the CDC believes will reduce HIV incidence.
Trans-Health.com Find timely information for medical professionals and transgender/gender-expansive people alike. The site discusses policy changes, advocacy work, and guidelines for working with transgender and gender-expansive individuals.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health, Inc. (WPATH) Founded as the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA) in 1979, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) is a 501(c)(3) interdisciplinary professional and educational organization devoted to transgender health. Its stated mission is to promote evidence based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy, and respect in transgender health. To support that mission, the organization engages in clinical and academic research to improve the quality of care provided to transsexual, transgender, and gender-expansive individuals globally.