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Enrollment opens in one week

September 24, 2013 By Shaun Osburn

hhweOn October 1, California’s online health insurance marketplace, known as Covered California, will open enrollment and begin connecting residents with new, affordable health insurance options. This marketplace was created as a result of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and has the potential to drastically improve health disparities among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Equality California Institute educates LGBT people and the public at large about issues impacting our community, and barriers to health care has been one of the Institute’s central focuses this year. That’s why we launched our “Health Happens with Equality”/”La Salud Ocurre Con La Igualdad” campaign to connect thousands of LGBT Californians with the resources needed to make informed health insurance decisions.

Click here to sign-up to receive reminders about enrollment or to get enrollment assistance. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s The Word?

April 24, 2012 By steggie

What do you think of when you think of HIV and AIDS? Do you see pictures from the 80s – pictures of men in hospitals, of newspaper headlines, of ACT UP marches? Most of us do. But contrary to popular belief, HIV rates are actually rising again in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. In fact, men who have sex with men are the only group in the US in which infections have been rising so steadily since the 90s, according to the CDC. We can stop this, though, by stepping out of our complacency and breaking the stigma that’s been holding us back.

That’s why we’re proud to recognize and support our ally AltaMed as they host two great community events.

illusionzIllusionZ is a fun monthly event of performances, music, and dancing. This month’s Spring Fling Show will feature a drag show. They’ll be offering free rapid HIV testing all night. And it’s free. What’s not to love?

Thursday, April 26th, 8 to 9:30pm

512 S. Indiana St., East Los Angeles, 90063

For more information, call 323.307.0195.

whats the wordWhat’s the Word in East Los is a community festival with LGBT vendors, an open mic, and live performances. Free HIV testing, free admission, and free giveaways.

Sunday, April 29th, 11am to 3pm

512 S. Indiana St., East Los Angeles, 90063

For more information, call 323.307.0195.
 
 
 
We’re excited to support these efforts to promote education, testing, and safer sex lifestyles for underserved LGBT people, and to create environments where we can be ourselves and have fun without stigma. We hope you’ll join us.

Cervical Health Awareness Month: Trans Men and Genderqueer/Gender Nonconforming People

January 26, 2012 By Guest Contributor

Cervical Health Awareness Month: Trans Men and Genderqueer/Gender Nonconforming People January is cervical health awareness month, and NCTE wants to remind everyone that cervical health is a critical issue for trans men and genderqueer/gender nonconforming folks.

Anyone with a cervix can contract cervical cancer, so this means that lots of trans men and genderqueer/gender nonconforming people are at risk. But because trans people face widespread discrimination from health care providers and insurance plans, they often avoid seeking or cannot access preventive care. According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, nearly half (48%) of trans men reported postponing or avoiding preventive care out to fear of discrimination and disrespect. One in five trans men also reported being refused health care because of their gender identity. Cervical cancer is preventable through regular screening and treatment where necessary, which means that trans men who aren’t getting preventive care are likely at greater risk of developing the disease.

Trans men and genderqueer/gender nonconforming people are at risk of developing cervical cancer even if they do not have penetrative sex. The major cause of cervical cancer, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), is transmitted through genital skin-to-skin contact with anyone who has the virus. This includes oral sex, sex with fingers or hands, genital rubbing, and sex with toys. So if you’re sexually active and you have a cervix, you may be at risk for cervical cancer regardless of who you are and you have sex with.

Here are four ways we can prevent cervical cancer among trans men and genderqueer/gender nonconforming people: Read the rest of this entry »

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