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How Obamacare Helps the LGBT Community

How Obamacare Helps the LGBT Community

Since taking office, President Obama and his Administration have taken significant steps to advance equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. You’ve probably heard of many of these accomplishments: repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” prohibiting anti-LGBT discrimination in hospitals and in housing, promoting international LGBT human rights, standing up against DOMA and then implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor.

That’s an important, and exciting, list of accomplishments over the last few years – but it’s missing one very important accomplishment: the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Read more »

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Jeanne Manford, Leading Gay Rights Ally And Founder Of PFLAG, Dies At 92

Jeanne Manford, Leading Gay Rights Ally And Founder Of PFLAG, Dies At 92

On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, Jeanne Manford, the founder of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and the Mother of the Straight Ally movement passed away, according to a statement issued by Executive Director Jody M. Huckaby. She was 92.
Manford was one of the LGBTQ community's biggest allies, fighting for acceptance and equality for 40 years. Her fight began in April of 1972 when her and her husband learned that their son Morty, a gay activist, had been beaten and ended up in the hospital. After her son's attack, Manford penned a letter to The New York Post, stating "I have a homosexual son and I love him." Read more »

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Evangelical support for gay families

By Joanna Weiss |  GLOBE COLUMNIST  

Last week, I had a long and fascinating conversation with Shari Johnson — a retired dental hygienist, conservative voter, and evangelical Christian from Odessa, Texas — about what happened when her daughter announced, at age 37, that she was a lesbian. Johnson’s chain of reactions would sound familiar to many families of gay, lesbian, and transgender kids: shock and sorrow, followed by grudging acceptance, followed by a full embrace. What was striking, though, was the language she used — about prayers, appeals to God, and direct answers. Read more »

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PFLAG Founding President Dies at 90

Advocate.com

Adele Starr, who overcame her own negative perceptions on homosexuality to later become an early leader of what eventually became Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, died Friday in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 90.

Starr established a support group for parents of gay and lesbian children in 1976 after her son came out to her. The group sprouted up during a time when being gay was widely believed to be a mental illness, possibly caused by poor parenting.

In 1974 her son Philip Starr told his parents he was gay, according to the Los Angeles Times. She was so upset that her son directed her toward a support group. Read more »

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New LGBT Community Healthcare Guideline for Providers Released

Because healthcare providers often lack the basic cultural competency on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, creating barriers to adequate healthcare access for their LGBT patients, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has released a new guideline, Straight for Equality in Healthcare. The new guide was created with the assistance of a diverse committee of healthcare professionals in fields such as primary care, mental health, nursing, and allied health disciplines. Read the rest of this article, The Straight for Equality in Healthcare guide can be downloaded here for free!
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