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  • Residents' Rights and the LGBT Community

    The federal 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law requires nursing homes to “protect and promote the rights of each resident” emphasizing individual dignity and self-determination in the provision of long-term care. Every nursing home accepting Medicare and/or Medicaid must meet federal requirements, including those regarding residents’ rights.

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  • PROVIDING ETHICAL AND COMPASSIONATE HEALTH CARE TO INTERSEX PATIENTS

    Today, medical practitioners recognize the importance of providing ethical and compassionate health care to people born with intersex traits and have launched efforts to ensure that intersex people are receiving appropriate, sensitive, and nondiscriminatory health care.

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  • Creating Equal Access to Quality Health Care for Transgender Patients: Transgender-Affirming Hospital Policies

  • Equality Act: Frequently Asked Questions

  • Take the Power

    In an uneven and changing legal landscape, LGBT people and those living with HIV shouldn’t be without certain critical legal protections.

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  • When Health Care Isn't Caring

    This survey is the first to examine refusal of care and barriers to health care among LGBT and HIV communities on a national scale. We hope that these data will influence decisions being made about how health care is delivered in this country now and in the future.

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  • Creating Equal Access to Quality Health Care for Transgender Patients: Transgender-Affirming Hospital Policies

    Over the last decade, hospitals throughout the United States have recognized that some groups of people face significant barriers to health care because of historic bias and discrimination against them. Many efforts have been launched to identify these groups, learn more about the challenges they face in health care, and welcome them into the nation’s hospitals. To reach out to these long overlooked groups, hospitals have examined their policies and practices to ensure that discrimination is clearly prohibited, recommendations for equitable and inclusive care are being followed, and staff are trained to provide knowledgeable, sensitive care.

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  • Sick, Scared and Separated from Loved Ones II

    Progress and Problems in Hospitals Disclosing the Patient's Right to Choose Who Can Visit

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  • Overcoming Health Care Discrimination

    Overcoming Health Care Discrimination

    Ambulance workers jeered at and refused to treat Tyra Hunter, a transgender woman seriously injured in a car accident outside Washington, DC who later died from her wounds. The same kind of hate-fueled medical negligence killed Robert Eads, a transgender man with ovarian cancer whom 20 separate doctors wouldn’t treat; one said the diagnosis should make Eads “deal with the fact that he is not a real man.”

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  • Transition-Related Health Care

    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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