Judge invites challenge to HHS decision that blocked access to emergency contraception

December 14, 2011

The Center for Reproductive Rights announced Tuesday that it will reopen a lawsuit filed in 2005 in order to challenge unnecessary age restrictions on emergency contraceptives imposed last week by the Obama administration. The lawsuit – Tummino v. von Hamburg –  was originally filed against the FDA. At a hearing on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge […]

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Two powerful new reports on lgbt families and youth

October 25, 2011

Two major reports came out today that have the potential to significantly influence policy debates in their respective, related areas. A trio of organizations published All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families, which spells out in more than 100 pages (with more than 450 footnotes) the ways in which anti-gay policies […]

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Bureau of Prisons changes its treatment policy for trans inmates

October 7, 2011

GLAD has settled the case it brought on behalf of Vanessa Adams, a Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) inmate at FMC Butner in North Carolina who has gender identity disorder (GID). Adams sued BOP in order to receive appropriate treatment for her GID, and the settlement is based on a recent Bureau of Prisons policy […]

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How same-sex marriage, without more options, can set back progressive goals

July 11, 2011

Once again, the NY Times has discovered an issue that many of us have been wrestling with for years: how to preserve alternatives to marriage for gay and straight couples who want other options. This problem will be somewhat alleviated in 2014, when the health insurance exchanges mandated by the health reform law will come into […]

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HHS takes lead in laying foundation for data-driven policies on lgbt health issues

June 29, 2011

From Metro Weekly: Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a plan to include sexual orientation and gender identity in health data collection, a result of discretion granted to the secretary of HHS in a provision of the Affordable Care Act addressing data collection regarding health disparities.  Specifically, today's plan requires "HHS [to] integrate questions […]

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Secretary Sebelius makes “fantastic” commitment to data on sex/o and GI

June 22, 2011

From the Blade: Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius committed on Tuesday to start the collection LGBT data as part of federal health surveys, although she said the questions that would be used to gather the information must first be market-tested before they’re made as part of any questionnaire.  During a news conference at the […]

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