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How To Turn 7 Dirty Words Into 5 Positive Actions

There has been a lot of media buzz about the seven words that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are not to use in budget documents: vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based and science-based (Sun & Eilperin, 2017).

Censoring these words in budget documents, or even “recommending” that such words not be used, sends a clear message that protecting the health security of all Americans is not a priority of this administration.

Are we surprised? No. Angry? Yes. Swayed from our daily work? Not at all.  While divisiveness and erasure of many American subgroups is not a new political move, it is a dismissive and unfortunate one. Fortunately, we are neither required to accept such dictates quietly nor hide the work that we do.

With a divisive administration, let’s pledge to unite community in 2018. Here are Five things you can do today to stand on the right side of history in 2018.   

  1. Be community. As we end 2017 and start 2018, give generously and often to those who have the least.
  2. Show solidarity. Ask LGBTQI peers how they are coping with the polarization happening in the U.S. today. Stand up when you see something being done to hurt any of our LGBTQI family members.
  3. Call your legislator. Whether you think your Congressional representative and Senator share your views or never will, engage as a citizen, so our voices are heard loudly and often. Let them know that you are paying attention to votes that affect the LGBTQI community and voice your perspective to support the community.
  4. Seek help when you need it. CenterLink has over 200 community centers around the nation. Find yours, and access support when you need it. Tell others about CenterLink resources, too.  
  5. Become a member of CenterLink’s Programs. We are here to serve you with evidence-based, science-based, and program information for the rich diversity reflected in our LGBTQI family.

CenterLink    LGBT HealthLink    Center Action Network

As Harvey Fierstein once said "Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."  Live each day with your head held high, know that you’re not alone and express yourself in 2018.

References:  Sun, L.H., & Eilperin, J. (15 Dec 2017). CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity. The Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cdc-gets-list-of-forbidden-words-fetus-transgender-diversity/2017/12/15/f503837a-e1cf-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?utm_term=.a1b7cca1c46d


You Can Stop 40K LGBTQ Youth From Being Deported

Thousands of young people, including nearly 40,000 LGBTQ youth and their families, are counting on us to stand together and urge Congress to pass a clean Dream Act now.  Nearly 15,000 DACA holders have lost their status already.  By March, that number will balloon into thousands per day.  This means they lose work permits, jobs, and the ability to support their families. They will be subject to being arrested, detained and deported to countries they barely remember. These are our friends, neighbors, and co-workers.  It's up to us to defend the dreams of thousands of LGBTQ youth immigrants!

Send a letter to your Congressional leader TODAY by clicking here: #DreamActNow

You can also call 1-888-778-6856. You will be asked to input your zip code and will be transferred to your member of Congress. Tell them to pass the Dream Act NOW.

Deep Cuts To Medicaid, Medicare, and More

Congress is voting on a tax plan that does not help working families but will lead to deep cuts in Medicaid, Medicare, education, and more.  Send a letter to your member of Congress and urge them to vote against it.  Want to know more about how the proposed tax plan could affect you and your family?  CLICK HERE to learn more.  Here is the link to your pre-written letter to send to your members of Congress. Add a personal note or send as-is.  Because together we CAN make a difference in the lives of millions of working families.

I Have A Pre-Existing Condition And You Probably Do Too

The Affordable Care Act is up for repeal again. The proposed Graham-Cassidy bill would have a disproportionate and devastating impact on people living with HIV and LGBT people - particularly women, people of color, youth, seniors, survivors of domestic violence, and transgender people. Learn more about the bill here.

Among other things, it would give states broad waiver authority to eliminate core protections for people with pre-existing health conditions. Depression, anxiety, diabetes, cancer, HIV, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, congestive heart failure, hepatitis, sleep apnea, Parkinson's disease, acid reflux, migraines, even obesity are all on the long list of what is considered a pre-existing condition.

This affects us all. We stopped the last repeal attempt. Together we can do it again. These are the key senators who need to hear from us regardless of what state you live in! Please call and tell them healthcare is a RIGHT not a privilege.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): (202) 224-6665

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME): (202) 224-2523

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): (202) 224-2235

A sample script for your call is: "I am gravely concerned about the introduction of the Graham-Cassidy bill, which will cause millions of people to lose health care coverage, and will especially affect seniors, women and underserved communities. The American people have spoken – we do not support any repeal of the Affordable Care Act."