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Why doctors need to ask about sexual orientation and gender identity

This article, written in Slate by a medical resident in Washington, DC, discusses the importance of physicians asking their patients questions about sexual orientation and gender identity. The author writes, “Simply put, sexual practices and gender identity should be viewed similarly to other categories that we now consider to be a necessary part of patients’ medical histories—for example, their past medical and surgical history, travel history, or family history of cancer.”

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HuffPost: Are You a Legal Stranger to Your Children?

Are You a Legal Stranger to Your Children? This article from HuffPost Queer Voices discusses legal challenges faced by LGBT families. Read more here

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Antiretroviral Preexposure Prophylaxis: Opportunities and Challenges for Primary Care Physicians

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) presents an important opportunity to stop the spread of HIV. This article published in JAMA is written by Dr. Kenneth Mayer, Dr. Douglas Krakower, and Dr. Stephen Boswell, and highlights opportunities and challenges of PrEP, and the need for primary care clinicians to be involved in the fight against HIV. Read more here

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Bisexual People Widely Experience Monosexism, Study Says

A new study shows that bisexual people are widely affected by monosexism, the privileging of sexual attraction to one sex or gender. This means that bisexual individuals face discrimination due to their sexuality not just from heterosexual people, but from within the wider LGBT community. The study, completed by Tangela S. Roberts, notes that subjects reported significantly more discrimination from the heterosexual community in comparison to the gay or lesbian community. Read more here

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State Anti-Transgender ‘Bathroom Bills’ Threaten Transgender People’s Health, Participation In Public Life

A policy brief released by The Fenway Institute and the Center for American Progress examines controversial state and local legislation that would prevent transgender people from using gendered public facilities, such as restrooms or locker rooms, that align with their gender identity. The brief debunks myths about safety concerns regarding the use of these spaces by people who are transgender, and describes the many negative outcomes that these discriminatory bills could cause. Lastly, it calls on states to pass laws that protect the rights of all Americans to access public accommodations regardless of gender identity. Read more here

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New Report Addresses Health Disparities Faced By LGBTQ Youth Of Color

LGBTQ youth of color experience disproportionate challenges to their physical and mental health, according to an extensive survey released by The Fenway Institute. The Our Health Matters study is the result of partnership of Fenway, BAGLY Inc., and Boston GLASS aimed at examining and addressing the health needs of LGBTQ youth of color in the Greater Boston area. Our Health Matters was authored by a group of dedicated researchers and experts in their fields: Dr. Kerith Conron, Research Scientist at The Fenway Institute; Johannes Wilson, Study Coordinator; Dr. Sean Cahill, Director of Health Policy Research at The Fenway Institute; Jessica Flaherty, Director of Programs at BAGLY; Mio Tamanaha, Director of Youth Services for JRI Health at Boston GLASS; and Dr. Judith Bradford, Director of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute. Read more here

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HUD Offers Guidance On “Appropriate Placement” Of Transgender People In Homeless Shelters

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published new guidelines for emergency homeless shelters that explicitly state that people who are transgender should be assigned to single-sex shelters that conform with their gender identity. The guidelines were published to clarify a rule proposed in 2012 stating that any housing program that receives federal funding must be made available “to individuals and families without regard to actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.” Read more here

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Landmark Decision By Dept. Of Health And Human Services Will Reduce Health Disparities Experienced By LGBT People

In an historic move that will advance health for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will require that all Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems certified under the Meaningful Use program have the capacity to collect sexual orientation and gender identity information from patients. Read more here

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Fenway Hosts Full House To Celebrate Second Guide To LGBT Health

On April 28, 2015, Fenway hosted a full house of local physicians, medical students, behavioral health professionals, and leaders of the American College of Physicians to celebrate the Second Edition. The reception welcomed attendees from many leading health care institutions, including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Veterans Health Administration. Students from Harvard Medical School, Boston University School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine were also in attendance. Read more here

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Do Ask, Do Tell: High Levels of Acceptability by Patients of Routine Collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data

The Institute of Medicine and The Joint Commission have recommended asking sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) questions in clinical settings and including such data in Electronic Health Records (EHRs). This is increasingly viewed as a critical step toward systematically documenting and addressing health disparities affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The U.S. government is currently considering whether to include SOGI data collection in the Stage 3 guidelines for the incentive program promoting meaningful use of EHR. However, some have questioned whether acceptable standard measures to collect SOGI data in clinical settings exist. Education Center Faculty Drs. Harvey Makadon, Sean Cahill, and Kenneth Mayer; as well as The Fenway Institute staff members Robbie Singal, Chris Grasso, and Dana King; and Kellan Baker from the Center for American Progress partnered on this article released today in PLOS ONE.

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