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  • Transition-Related Health Care

    The kinds of health care associated with gender transition have too often been misunderstood as cosmetic, experimental or simply unnecessary. Yet there is medical consensus that hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery (SRS) are medically necessary for many transgender people. It’s quite clear now that a person’s gender identity—one’s inner sense of being male or female—is deep-seated and cannot be changed, and therefore that this transition-related health care can be crucial.

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  • Unjust, Unjustified and Just Unacceptable

    Since the earliest days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, stigma has been a major obstacle to accessing care and implementing effective HIV prevention policies.1 People with HIV face pre-judgment, marginalization, discrimination and severe misunderstanding about the means and actual risks of transmission.

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  • Health and Medical Organization Statements On Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity/Expression and “Reparative Therapy”

    American Medical Association Policy Number H-160.991, Health Care Needs of Homosexual Population

  • Illinois Civil Union Law

    On June 1, 2011 The “Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act” went into effect. Below are answers to frequently asked questions about the civil union law and what it means for Illinoisans.

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  • Preventing Censorship of LGBT Information in Public School Libraries

    This fact sheet is designed to ensure that students have access in their school libraries to LGBTQ materials (information related to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals and those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity).

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  • Advocating for Insurance Coverage of Your Medical Needs

    Transgender Rights Toolkit: A Legal Guide for Trans People and Their Advocates. If you are denied insurance coverage for transition-related health care, consider taking these steps:

  • HIV Stigma and Discrimination in the U.S.:

    Almost thirty years after the first cases of infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) were reported, ignorance and fear about HIV and bias against people affected by HIV continue to fuel stigma and discrimination in this country.

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  • What Happened in Iowa

    On November 2, the marriage equality movement suffered a blow. Well-funded antigay groups succeeded in ousting from office three well-respected Iowa Supreme Court justices who were up for what should have been routine retention elections.

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  • Equality from Coast to Coast

    Lambda Legal is the leading national legal organization dedicated to achieving full civil rights for LGBT people and people with HIV. Our high-impact cases and educational programs continue to secure new and expanded legal protections and amplify our message about equality.

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  • What Does the Adoption Decision Mean for Me and My Family?

    On September 22, 2010, the Third District Court of Appeal issued a unanimous decision declaring that Florida's law prohibiting gay men and lesbians from adopting children is unconstitutional. See [Florida Dep't of Children and Families v. In re: Matter of Adoption of X.X.G. and N.R.G. (September 22, 2010)]. The State of Florida announced that it will not appeal that decision to the Florida Supreme Court. We have received several questions about what this case means for gay men and lesbians who want to adopt.

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