Trump Trounces Trans with Healthcare Discrimination

New Federal Regulations Encourage Health Care Discrimination Against Transgender People New York, NY – Today the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a devastating new rule that would invite insurance companies, hospitals, and health care professionals to illegally deny transgender people care despite protections mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The … More Trump Trounces Trans with Healthcare Discrimination

187 Organizations Call on UN’s HRC for States COVID-19 Protection of LGBTI

The pandemic is exposing and deepening existing discrimination, violence and other human rights violations on the basis of SOGIESC, organizations tell the Human Rights Council 187 of organizations call on States to protect LGBTI persons’ human rights in the context of COVID-19 outbreak Today, African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC) joined a coalition of 187 organizations … More 187 Organizations Call on UN’s HRC for States COVID-19 Protection of LGBTI

Public Health Urges COVID-19 Test for All Workers

MARIN PUBLIC HEALTH – Urges COVID-19 Test for All Workers  Free testing available for those in grocery, construction and other industries San Rafael, CA – Marin County Public Health is calling on all businesses and employees working during the COVID-19 pandemic – especially where workers have frequent contact with the public – to utilize free COVID-19 … More Public Health Urges COVID-19 Test for All Workers

Our San Francisco Pride Will Not be Defeated by COVID-19

Having been a Community Grand Marshal for San Francisco Pride in 2014 and also having served on the San Francisco Pride Board as vice president, I find it very sad but absolutely necessary to support the following Statement from the executive director of San Francisco Pride, considering the dangers we face as a result of … More Our San Francisco Pride Will Not be Defeated by COVID-19

Marin and County Hospitals Prepare for Surge

Public Health Division coordinates with health care providers for COVID-19 cases San Rafael, CA – As COVID-19 cases continue to climb in the Bay Area, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and local health care providers are positioned to respond to increased demands on Marin’s hospital system, including significant hospital surge. … More Marin and County Hospitals Prepare for Surge

Concern as COVID-19 Restrictions Trigger Escalated Human Rights Abuses in Uganda

Following my post yesterday ( referenced below) where Ugandan authorities raided a homeless shelter, beating people and threatening beatings in exchange for confessions as to sexuality, reflects not only an abuse of basic human rights, but also an insidious and opportunistic excuse to cite COVID-19 as a justification to victimize the most vulnerable.  As well … More Concern as COVID-19 Restrictions Trigger Escalated Human Rights Abuses in Uganda

Helplines for Covid-19 Solitude, Caregivers, Families

There are many important and helpful hotlines for those experiencing specific mental health challenges and need immediate assistance. Disaster Distress Helpline Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or … More Helplines for Covid-19 Solitude, Caregivers, Families

Broken Access to Treatment makes Drug Users Vulnerable in COVID-19 Pandemic

Oakland, CA, Wednesday, March 25, 2020… In the rush to protect vulnerable populations from the COVID-19 pandemic, the risk to people struggling with addiction is especially high. And health professionals suggest this could undermine efforts to control the coronavirus spread. According to experts, people who use drugs are doubly at risk during this epidemic, not … More Broken Access to Treatment makes Drug Users Vulnerable in COVID-19 Pandemic

All Marin Parks Closed Amid COVID-19 Spread

Public Health issues order to stem influx of selfish visitors – ruining spaces for locals….. ugh… San Rafael, CA – The Public Health Division of Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an order March 22 for the immediate closure of all Marin parks – from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area down … More All Marin Parks Closed Amid COVID-19 Spread

California Legislators on COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on LGBTQ Community

Senator Wiener and Assemblymember Gloria’s Statement Regarding Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the LBGTQ Community Sacramento – Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), on behalf of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, issued the following statement: “Coronavirus is impacting everyone regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or immigration status. Yet, … More California Legislators on COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on LGBTQ Community

Corona Virus – AHRC Kenyan Refugee and U.S. Embassy Advisory

African Human Rights Coalition – COVID-19 Advisory- HERE PLEASE KEEP VISITING KENYAN  MINISTRY OF HEALTH FOR UPDATES: The new Coronavirus – called COVID-19 virus causes fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. There is no need to panic. It is VERY IMPORTANT at this time for community to work cooperatively and in unity. It … More Corona Virus – AHRC Kenyan Refugee and U.S. Embassy Advisory

UNHCR: World Response to COVID-19 Must Focus on ALL Including Displaced Persons

AHRC ADVISORY:  In the face of the sudden uncertainty and vulnerability of the COVID-19 virus as it spreads, our thoughts are with the millions of displaced people around the world. During this time we will continue to advocate in solidarity and for durable solutions for refugees and asylum seekers. Not everyone is at risk for … More UNHCR: World Response to COVID-19 Must Focus on ALL Including Displaced Persons

Clinicians Watch for Vaping-Related Lung Ailment

Marin County Public Health asks medical community to be wary of syndrome San Rafael, CA – Although no cases have been reported in Marin County, a lung ailment associated with vaping cannabis or cannabis oils is on the rise throughout the United States, prompting local public health officials to issue “be on the lookout” advisories … More Clinicians Watch for Vaping-Related Lung Ailment

Coalition Fight the Illegality of Healthcare Discrimination against LGBTQI People

Fighting HHS: Health Care Discrimination Against LGBT People is Illegal – The first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, and allies participated in a broad coalition of organizations by submitting more than 132,400 comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), urging the federal government to … More Coalition Fight the Illegality of Healthcare Discrimination against LGBTQI People

Introduction of Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act to Reduce Bullying

Murray, Baldwin, Pocan Introduce Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act to Reduce Bullying and Harassment at Colleges and Universities Across the Country One in five college students are victims of cyberbullying, and LGBTQ students are nearly twice as likely to be harassed than their peers | Legislation would require colleges and universities to establish policies to … More Introduction of Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act to Reduce Bullying

CA Legislation to Protect Sex Workers from Arrest when Reporting Violent Crimes

Senator Wiener Introduces Legislation to Protect Sex Workers from Arrest when Reporting Violent Crimes & to Prohibit Use of Condoms as Evidence of Sex Work Senate Bill 233 prohibits the arrest of people involved in sex work when they come forward as a witness or victim of a specified violent and serious crime. It also … More CA Legislation to Protect Sex Workers from Arrest when Reporting Violent Crimes

Marin County and Homeward Bound Partner on Shelter Needs

Support for people experiencing homelessness to increase existing capacity San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services(HHS) and the Novato-based nonprofit Homeward Bound of Marin have established emergency shelter surge capacity to supplement 190 year-round shelter beds during severe weather events.  In the case of a severe weather event, the … More Marin County and Homeward Bound Partner on Shelter Needs

Marin County Public Forum on Fentanyl, Heroin, Other Opioids

RxSafe Marin initiative co-hosts special event September 12 San Rafael, CA – A national expert in opioid use disorder will be the featured speaker at a free special public event co-hosted by the grassroots RxSafe Marin coalition, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Dominican University of California. Dr. Dan Ciccarone of … More Marin County Public Forum on Fentanyl, Heroin, Other Opioids

Nearly 250,000 LGBT in Arizona vulnerable to discrimination

Statewide civil rights laws offer no protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in areas such as employment, housing and public accommodations.  Arizona’s legal landscape and social climate put the state’s 203,000 LGBT adults and 45,500 LGBT youth at risk of discrimination and harassment. The social, economic and health effects of stigma … More Nearly 250,000 LGBT in Arizona vulnerable to discrimination

Marin Ranks as Healthiest County in California Amidst Glaring Disparities

Marin Regains Ranking as Healthiest County in State – As Work remains for local officials to address health disparities and substance misuse San Rafael, CA – For the eighth time, Marin has been ranked the healthiest county in California by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The 2018 County Health Rankingssurveys more than 3,000 counties to measure … More Marin Ranks as Healthiest County in California Amidst Glaring Disparities

Person Hospitalized with Shellfish Poisoning in Marin

High levels of naturally occurring poison detected in waters off Marin coast San Rafael, CA – Marin County Public Health has confirmed a case of paralytic shellfish poison (PSP), a naturally occurring toxin found in bivalves such as mussels, clams and oysters that are harvested in uncontrolled conditions. One person, an adult who will not … More Person Hospitalized with Shellfish Poisoning in Marin

Harmful Surgery on Intersex Children in the United Sates

Medically Unnecessary Operations Risk Lifelong Suffering (Chicago, July 25, 2017) – Doctors in the United States continue to perform medically unnecessary surgeries that can inflict permanent harm on intersex children, Human Rights Watch and interACT said in a report released today. Despite decades of controversy over the procedures, doctors operate on children’s gonads, internal sex … More Harmful Surgery on Intersex Children in the United Sates

Coalition of Orgs Sends Summit on Black Lives Policy Demands to Trump Admin and Congres

WASHINGTON, DC – In a comprehensive public policy letter sent to the Trump Administration and Congress, a broad coalition of 44 civil rights and health advocacy organizations urged the federal government to center the lives of African Americans in the nation’s fight to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The letter was born out of the Summit … More Coalition of Orgs Sends Summit on Black Lives Policy Demands to Trump Admin and Congres

Marin Second Healthiest County in California – While Worse than State Average for Income Inequality

County and community collaborating on addressing challenges –  San Rafael, CA – Marin County’s track record of being one of the healthiest counties in California is intact, according to new statistics, but several significant issues remain for those who deliver health care and other wellness services. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its annual rankings … More Marin Second Healthiest County in California – While Worse than State Average for Income Inequality

Marin Youth Still Targeted by Tobacco, Alcohol Ads

Statewide survey shows addictive products edge out healthy alternatives San Rafael, CA – A statewide review of tobacco, alcohol and food products in community stores shows unhealthy products edge out healthier ones, and Marin retailers near schools sell addictive products aimed at youths. “Healthy retail is an important part of community health,” said Dr. Matt … More Marin Youth Still Targeted by Tobacco, Alcohol Ads

Callen-Lorde Awards to Celebrate LGBT Health and Wellness Trailblazers

At Annual Community Health Awards Event Monday, November 7, 6 PM to 9 PM Tribeca Rooftop at Three Sixty, 10 Desbrosses St, New York New York, NY- Callen-Lorde Community Health Center announces its upcoming Community Health Awards honoring outstanding leaders in the fields of LGBT health and wellness. The Community Health Awards draws hundreds of … More Callen-Lorde Awards to Celebrate LGBT Health and Wellness Trailblazers

Shortage of Injectable Estrogen as Public Health Risk

ESTROGEN IN PATCH AND TABLET FORMS SAFE AND EFFECTIVE ALTERNATIVE New York, NY- Callen-Lorde Community Health Center warns of potential public health risk for transgender women and transfeminine people due to a nationwide shortage of some generic and brand name injectable estrogen.  Makers of the drugs have reported manufacturing delays in getting the medications to the market. “During times like these, we want … More Shortage of Injectable Estrogen as Public Health Risk

Marin County Confirms Case of Zika Virus

 San Rafael, CA – Today, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed Marin’s first Zika virus infection. The disease was contracted by an individual who was in Central America recently. The spread of the Zika virus occurs primarily through infected Aedes mosquitoes, which have not been detected in Marin. Due to … More Marin County Confirms Case of Zika Virus

Transgender Man Wins Health Insurance Coverage for Gender Transition

Victory! Union Affirms Ongoing Coverage for Transition-Related Care in Health Plan By Melanie Nathan, December 22, 2015. New York, NY – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) has secured insurance coverage for a transgender man’s medically necessary care after his union-sponsored health insurance plan refused to cover it.  Adrian Sealy works in a … More Transgender Man Wins Health Insurance Coverage for Gender Transition