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LGBT Health Digest is a weekly electronic newsletter with information and resources for health professionals concerned about the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. The Digest highlights issues, events, publications, and other newsworthy items pertinent to LGBT health. Please feel free to circulate the Digest to your colleagues. To sign up, send your request to
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Summary: On 5/24/19, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a regulatory proposal that would essentially eliminate gender identity and sex stereotyping from nondiscrimination regulations adopted under the ACA. This revision falsely suggests that healthcare providers and insurers may legally discriminate against transgender people, allowing them to deny transgender people medically necessary and life-saving care. GLMA and the American Psychiatric Association organized a letter of 31 health associations supporting nondiscrimination protections for transgender and LGB patients and GLMA President Gal Mayer, MD, MS, released a statement condemning the regulatory proposal.

Summary: On May 17, 2019, in a historic vote, the US House of Representatives passed the Equality Act, which would provide comprehensive and explicit nondiscrimination protections nationwide for the LGBTQ community, ensuring that nobody is discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. The vote marked the first time that a chamber of Congress approved a comprehensive nondiscrimination bill covering LGBTQ people.

Summary: On May 2, 2019, HHS released the final Denial of Care rule which encourages healthcare providers who object to healthcare services based on religious or moral grounds to discriminate against LGBTQ patients, people living with HIV, and women seeking reproductive healthcare services. GLMA President Gal Mayer called the rule “antithetical to the values we share as healthcare providers.”

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