Last Chance: Submit your comment to HHS before the March 27th deadline by clicking here. This is your last call to join over 70,000 other people in telling the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that a person should never have to worry about being denied health care based on who they are. This isn't about politics. It's about saving lives. Under the new HHS rule, it’s not just doctors who would be allowed to discriminate against patients — nurses, receptionists, ambulance drivers, therapists, hospitals (and more) would be too. Nearly 56% of LGBTQ people have experienced at least one instance of discrimination or patient profiling when attempting to access health care. Click this link to submit your comment.
International Transgender Day of Visibility: Rachel Crandall, the head of Transgender Michigan, created TDOV in 2010 to recognize the trans community in a positive light. It is an annual holiday occurring on March 31st, dedicated to celebrating transgender people around the globe and the courage it takes to live openly and authentically, while also raising awareness around the discrimination trans people face. This year's theme is "Surviving, Thriving". On Saturday March 31st use the hashtags #tdov and #transthriving on social media. And be sure to watch for CAN’s special tribute to our transgender LGBTQ community center leaders.
NonProfit VOTE: In a year where the entire country wants to ensure that voters are represented at the polls in the midterm elections, Nonprofit VOTE has been focusing on how to engage one of the hardest parts of the electorate to reach: young people. In an updated version of their “Engaging New Voters” report, Nonprofit VOTE explains how over 120 nonprofit service providers across nine different states demonstrated their ability to get thousands of young people registered and into the voting booth through nonpartisan engagement. The most effective tool is one of the oldest: face-to-face communication from a trusted messenger. That’s where nonprofits with deep roots in the communities they serve can come in. Through nonpartisan voter engagement, they can provide a critical missing voice to get young people, and the communities they serve broadly, more engaged.
Share Your Story: Following our storytelling success throughout the health care fight, our partner, Center for American Progress, has made a major investment in expanding their story collection efforts, and we want to hear from you! Stories are powerful. They can build bridges where some only see walls. They can hold our representatives accountable to the reality of our lives. They can shine a light on communities that have fought and are fighting for a fair shot going forward. We want to hear yours. Share your personal story on any issue ranging from taxes and healthcare to climate change and racial inequality.
Open To All: A new public education ad, “Will We Go Back?”, looks at how the Masterpiece Cakeshop case could roll back the historic Civil Rights ruling on the Piggie Park BBQ case 50 years ago. Masterpiece paves the way to eroding the federal Civil Rights Act and dismantling state and federal laws intended to protect people of color, women, religious minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT people and others from discrimination. Sign up for updates on this case and share the new ad on social media.
Gun Violence: The National LGBTQ Task Force just published its policy recommendations on gun violence prevention. “Policy Recommendations for Gun Violence Prevention Using a Racial, Disability, and LGBTQ Justice Framework” is progressive, intersectional, and encompasses a variety of issues. This brief can help advocates in developing their position, advocacy and lobbying for policymakers to shift the discussion into a truly progressive methodology for ending gun violence in America. Download it here.
LGBT HealthLink: LGBT HealthLink, another program of CenterLink, is a community-driven network of experts and professionals enhancing LGBTQ health by reducing tobacco-, cancer-, and other health-disparities within our communities. They are one of just eight CDC-funded cancer and tobacco disparity networks. Each week LGBT HealthLink and researcher and blogger Corey Prachniak-Rincón bring you a round-up of some of the biggest LGBTQ wellness stories from the past seven days. Check it out!