HHS LGBT discrimination ACA
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued its long-awaited final rule to address discrimination in health care, advance health equity, and reduce health care disparities. Under the rule, which implements the anti-discrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act, individuals are protected against discrimination in health care and health insurance on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex.
 
The new rules make it clear that sex discrimination includes discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity and sex Read more...

UPDATE (May 13, 2016):  On the heels of the powerful speech by Attorney General Loretta Lynch last week, the U.S. Department of Education is issuing guidance to school districts telling them to allow students access to restrooms based on their gender identity. While the letter does not have the force of law, it contains an implicit threat of possible lawsuits or a loss of federal aid. Mazzoni Legal and Public Policy Director Thomas Ude, Jr. Read more...

Philadelphia Trans Health Conference Mazzoni Center
Mark your calendars for the 2016 Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, which will take place June 9-11, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Last year we welcomed more than 4,000 attendees for three days of learning, networking, and community-building, focused on the holistic health and wellness needs of trans individuals, their families and communities.  
 
Registration for the Professional Track of the conference - which includes Trans Clinical Care Management Read more...
On Friday, February 26, 2016, Mazzoni Center Legal Services hosted our 7th annual “Justice in Action” luncheon and award presentation at Loews Philadelphia Hotel.  Each year this event brings together legal professionals, law students, and others to raise funds for and awareness about Mazzoni’s Legal Services program, which provides direct legal assistance for individuals facing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and is Read more...
March 8 is the official observation of International Women’s Day.  This occasion is intended to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women - and also to acknowledge that there is far more work to be done in order to accelerate and achieve gender parity, here in the U.S. and around the world.
 
As the IWD website notes: “International Women's Day is all about celebration, Read more...
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