Parkland Hospital in Dallas gets perfect score for LGBT healthcare

Staff Photographer Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas has received a perfect score for its healthcare options for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Texans, according to an annual survey by LGBT rights organization the Human Rights Campaign.

The 11th annual Healthcare Equality Index ranked 1,600 healthcare facilities across the nation for factors like patient non-discrimination and staff training. Parkland was the only Dallas-area medical center to receive 100 percent.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center received 95 percent and the VA North Texas Health Care System, which also had a score of 95 percent in 2017, dropped to 55 percent this year, getting 0 out of 10 points for training in LGBTQ patient centered care and patient and community engagement.

There was no explanation for the drop in VA North Texas’ score. The VA Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center in Houston and VA South Texas Health Care System in San Antonio both received perfect scores. Three other veterans hospitals in El Paso, Harlingen and Temple each received a score of at least 80 percent, but the location in Amarillo got just 40 points out of the possible 100.

Several Texas medical centers outside the Dallas area also received perfect scores, including Project Vida […]

As Health And Human Services Dep’t Defends Homophobia, LGBT-Inclusive Hospitals Are Leading The Way

HRC has just released its 2018 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) , spotlighting hospitals and healthcare facilities with inclusive and respectful policies and programs.

A record 626 medical centers participated in the report, with 418 earning a top score of 100, and receiving HRC’s “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation. The HRC Foundation investigated policies at an additional 900 hospitals across the nation that did not submit to the index. In addition to the perfect scores, another 95 hospitals earned a “Top Performer” designation for scoring from 80 to 95 points. “With 82% of participating facilities scoring 80 points or more, health care facilities are demonstrating concretely that they are going beyond the basics when it comes to adopting policies and practices in LGBTQ care.”

The report coincides with an unparalleled assault on the healthcare of LGBT Americans , including the Trump administration’s “conscience” regulation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which allows medical providers to deny service to LGBT people, women and other vulnerable groups on the basis of their religious beliefs. In addition, lawmakers in states like Michigan are working to pass legislation that would allow doctors, therapists and even EMTs the right to turn away LGBT […]

Acceptance and Empowerment: LGBT Health Awareness Week in Ohio

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ending the fear of discrimination and creating an inclusive medical environment – those are among the goals of National LGBT Health Awareness Week, which runs through Friday.

At Equitas Health in Columbus, education manager, Karen Nicosia, says there are social determinants that impact the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Ohioans and make them less likely to seek medical care.

"When you have less acceptance from family or peers, there are real consequences," she says. "It affects their mental health and their physical health."

JC Chen, a medical student at OSU, says that within the health-care profession, the needs of LGBT patients are unfortunately often siloed into the areas of sexual and mental health.

"The curriculum is very ‘othered,’" Chen says. "We don’t really think of that population when we think of typical everyday diseases like high blood pressure or diabetes."Equitas Health works to engage LGBT individuals to take control of their health, as well as educating doctors and other medical professionals about how they can become more inclusive of the LGBT community.Nicosia says that includes working with providers to create a comfortable and welcoming space."There’s more to inclusivity than just slapping a rainbow sticker […]

Milwaukee Common Council approves LGBT conversion therapy ban

(Photo: Mary Spicuzza / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) The Milwaukee Common Council Tuesday voted to ban a controversial therapy that aims to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity, a practice known as "conversion therapy."

Aldermen vote 12-2 in favor of the ban, with one abstention.

Supporters and opponents of the ban packed Tuesday’s meeting at City Hall, with opponents occasionally shouting "Amen!"

"This is real," said Ald. Cavalier Johnson, the measure’s lead sponsor. "This affects real people." MIlwaukee Ald. Cavalier Johnson. (Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) A Milwaukee council committee approved the measure earlier this month.

Opponents said Tuesday they didn’t have advance notice to gather opposition to the measure.

Johnson introduced the ordinance to ban the practice for anyone under 18. He called it a "proactive piece of legislation" to address the practice that is commonly tied to religious values.He stressed Tuesday that it did not affect free therapy or counseling.But Ald. Bob Donovan, who opposes the measure, said it was government overreach. He said supporters "did not make the case that this problem even exists in Milwaukee."Last year, state lawmakers proposed a bill to penalize mental health providers or counselors who performed conversion therapy, but it did not get a hearing or committee […]

Pakistan’s first transgender newsreader says she’s ‘overwhelmed’ with support after debut broadcast

(Photo: Kohenoor News) A trans woman in Pakistan has made history after being the first transgender person to report on national television.

Marvia Malik made her debut on the Kohenoor news channel last week, which quickly spread across social media and gained international attention.

Speaking after her first broadcast, Malik expressed her thanks for the support and said she was overwhelmed.

“I got a lot of appreciation from those associated with the fashion industry when I did catwalk modelling two weeks back, and now this … it’s quite overwhelming,” she said to Reuters.

“I was thrown out after (10th grade) after which I joined a beauty salon, earned just about enough to put myself through college, but it was not easy. My story is no different from that of a hijra on the street you see begging.”

Transgender people in Pakistan face alarming rates of discrimination and violence, which sadly is often deadly. Last week the 21-year-old also debuted as the first trans model at Pakistan Fashion Design Council’s annual show shortly before her first broadcast. (Photo: @Tabeen6 / Twitter) Since the show, Malik has had several offers to become a professional model, however she is determined to remain in journalism to advocate for […]

Seventh trans woman murdered in the US was shot to death in motel room

(Facebook) A seventh transgender woman has been found dead in the United States this year.

Amia Tyrae Berryman, a 28-year-old from Los Angeles was found shot to death in a motel room on Monday night.

Police were reportedly called to the Baton Rouge area of Los Angeles on Monday night after reports of gunshots outside a motel in the Wooddale East neighbourhood.

The body of Amia Tyrae Berryman was found at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police are still investigating her death and will conduct an autopsy later today.

While police have not yet misgendered her, local news reports have misgendered Berryman and used her dead name. (Photo: Facebook) Local reports from WBRZ-TV 2 deadnamed and misgendered her and have yet to rectify this as of writing.This is the second trans woman to be killed by a gun in a motel room in 2018.Celine Walker, 36, was found shot to death in a motel room in Jacksonville, Florida in February. She was pronounced dead on February 4, meaning that she was the second trans woman to be killed within a week.However, police reports misgendered Walker and used her dead name meaning initial reports did not recognise her trans identity and caused the announcement […]

Jake Graf And Hannah Winterbourne: Sun’s Frontpage On Our Wedding Was ‘Sensationalist And Tacky’

The couple shared a selection of image from their wedding exclusively with HuffPost UK. Trans actor and filmmaker Jake Graf has responded to The Sun’s controversial exclusive front page coverage of his recent wedding, branding it “sensationalist and tacky”.

Graf married Captain Hannah Winterbourne, the highest-ranking trans officer in the British Army, on Friday in London and shared their story with The Sun, but the couple were left disappointed by Tuesday’s coverage, which drew considerable criticism in parts of the media.

“Whilst it was a really positive article from [author] Emma Pietras, The Sun unfortunately very much marred it with their sensationalist and tacky headline and front page, which has been very disappointing and a great shame,” Graf told HuffPost UK.

The 40-year-old added that the couple hoped sharing their story would have a positive impact. “Hannah and I only had the intention of putting out a hopeful, happy and honest story about a couple who happen to be transgender finding love. Hopefully that will still be the case and their [The Sun’s] readers will be able to take something good away from it.”

The paper’s front page ran the headline ‘Tran And Wife’ as well as adding that Graf “used to be […]

Sexual Identity Forum gives LGBT students a place on campus

Rylee Seavers | Broadcast Reporter

The Sexual Identity Forum (SIF) was created on 2011 as a place for LGBT students at Baylor to find community and meet like-minded individuals.

Dallas sophomore and President of SIF, Alexander Patterson said many LGBT students often feel like they are alone, but that this couldn’t be further from the truth.

“There are so many other people who have the same thoughts, feeling, religion, belief, whatever as you and it just is a way of helping you find other people, find community, find friends and have that great Baylor experience that we want every student to have,” Patterson said.

SIF has largely been under the radar since it was created, but this spring was a turning point for the group because they decided it was time to be more visible. A key factor in this was the release of the 2017 climate survey findings, which revealed that eight percent of Baylor students identify as other than heterosexual.

“We are just a minority group on campus to give a voice, community and place of belonging for the eight percent of the Baylor student body who identify as being queer, transgender, no binary or really anything in the wide spectrum of […]

The Sun’s ‘Tran and wife’ front page labelled ‘vile, bigoted and shameful’

(The Sun and Twitter) The Sun has sparked a backlash with its “disgusting” front page about Hannah Winterbourne and Jake Graf’s wedding.

The headline, “Tran and wife,” has caused outrage, along with the accompanying heading: “Jake who used to be a woman weds Hannah who was a man”.

The Sun wasn’t the only news outlet accused of anti-trans sentiment, with the Evening Standard, Mirror, Mail Online all publishing headlines which stated that Graf either “used to be a woman” or “was born a woman”. (Evening Standard, Mirror and MailOnline) The newlyweds tied the knot on Friday after getting engaged last year , in a gorgeous wedding at Chelsea’s Town Hall in London.

Winterbourne, 31 – who came out publicly in 2015 – told The Sun that the day was “like a Disney movie”. (© Paul Grace) But today, Graf, 40, made his feelings about The Sun’s choices clear, telling PinkNews that the headline was “offensive and garish”.

“We felt that the article itself in The Sun was very positive, sympathetic and hopeful,” he said.

“Hannah and I have always had huge support from the LGBT Press and of course wanted to share our story with them and as widely as possible, but we […]

Trump’s Defense Secretary Jim Mattis refuses to answer questions about new transgender ban

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images) Donald Trump’s Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has refused to answer any questions about the ban on transgender troops.

This week the White House released a policy document detailing full plans for a ban on trans troops in the US military.

The document justified it with a number of spurious claims, citing transgender people’s “high rates of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders” and “extremely high rates of suicidal ideation and other comorbidities”, before claiming that “transition-related treatment is also proving to be disproportionately costly”.

It has been alleged that Vice President Mike Pence played a leading role in the creation of this report, overruling objections from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who privately advocated for transgender service.

At a press conference yesterday, Mattis refused to answer any questions about the report. U.S. President Donald Trump (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Questioned by reporters at a joint meeting with Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs minister, Mattis said: “We are out to build the most lethal service right now. Because these are matters under litigation, I’m not going to discuss them further.”

When reporters pressed him for a response, he said: “I think the […]