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SCOTUS decision supports LGBT behavioral health

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Friday, we celebrated a historic occasion, as the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the Constitution requires LGBT couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live, and marriages performed in one state must be recognized in every other. This ruling is particularly well-timed as it provides us with a poignant ending for…

Celebrating LGBT Pride Month

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Danny Garvin was a twenty-year-old living in New York City when he saw something happening at the Stonewall Inn. Over the next six days, he would be drawn into the riots that would inspire a generation of Americans to mobilize for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. He later described those June…

Presidential Proclamation– LGBT Pride Month, 2015

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PROCLAMATION — LGBT PRIDE MONTH, 2015 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy’s reach.  Over the course of…

FDA Invites Comments on Proposal to Revise Lifetime Deferral on Blood Donation by Gay Men

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In a Federal Register notice published Friday, May 15, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is inviting public comments on the following draft recommendations: Revised Recommendations for Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products [PDF 135KB]. This draft guidance, to establishments that collect blood or blood components, proposes…

New ACA Guidance Addresses Preventive Services Coverage Requirements for Transgender Individuals

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The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury issued new guidance on May 11th, clarifying consumers’ rights to coverage of preventive services under the Affordable Care Act, including the rights of transgender individuals who have historically experienced inequities in access to health care services. The ACA requires that a set of…

$60M Investment Supports Community Collaboratives to Strengthen HIV Prevention and Care for Gay Men of Color

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A new funding opportunity announcement (FOA) issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week invests over $60 million from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) in a four-year demonstration project designed to improve HIV outcomes for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) of color. Up…

LGBT Health Awareness Week – The Affordable Care Act is Working For You

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Editor’s Note: In honor of LGBT Health Awareness Week last week, Secretary Burwell shared this important message about how the ACA is working to improve the health and well-being of LGBT Americans. While LGBT Health Awareness Week has passed, ensuring health equity for all Americans continues to be a key priority every day. Every day…

We Need Every Tool to End HIV

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Editor’s Note: As we reflect on personal perspectives from 2014,  we would like to share this blog that has been cross-posted from Advocate.com . For more information on PrEP, visit AIDS.gov. HIV-negative gay men have a responsibility to use every tool at their disposal, including PrEP, to stay negative. I’m a PrEPer. I am HIV-negative, but I am taking an…