Summary: In a hearing on July 21, 2021, a federal judge in Arkansas issued a preliminary injunction preventing a state law banning gender-affirming care for youth from taking effect. The ACLU requested the preliminary injunction as part of its broader lawsuit challenging this first-of-its-kind law, which the Arkansas legislature adopted in April over the veto of the governor. “To pull this care midstream from these patients, or minors, would cause irreparable harm,” the judge is reported to have said during the hearing. GLMA was proud to join with 18 health professional associations in an amicus brief explaining to the court the medical consensus in support of gender-affirming care and how the ban would harm transgender youth.
Summary: On the first day of Pride Month, the governor of Florida signed into law a divisive and damaging bill prohibiting transgender athletes from participating in school sports. In view of this harmful law and ongoing concerns about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the conference, GLMA’s leadership has made the decision that its 39th Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health will be held virtually from Sept 22-25, 2021. The conference was originally planned to be held in-person in Florida.
Summary: On May 10, 2021, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Office for Civil Rights will interpret and enforce Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and Title IX’s prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. GLMA applauds HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra for his leadership, and looks forward to working with Secretary Becerra and his team to fully implement today’s reversal and address all the concerns raised in the lawsuit.
Summary: On March 31, 2021, International Transgender Day of Visibility, GLMA condemns the spate of legislative attacks on healthcare for transgender youth in states across the US. Just two days before TDOV, the Arkansas legislature became the first in the US to adopt a ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth. GLMA President Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS, and Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, issued a statement honoring the struggle, strength, and resilience of trans people, including many of GLMA's members, and calling on health professionals to use their voices to counter medically unsubstantiated legislation targeting the health and lives of trans youth.
Summary: On March 24, 2021, the US Senate voted to confirm Rachel Levine, MD as Assistant Secretary for Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services. With this confirmation, Rachel Levine has made history as the highest ranking openly transgender person to serve in the US government and the first transgender nominee to be confirmed by the Senate. Her confirmation is a step in rebuilding the trust that has been lost through the previous administration’s unprecedented attacks on LGBTQ people, especially on transgender health.
Summary: On March 17, 2021, in a bipartisan vote, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions advanced the nomination of Rachel Levine, MD, as Assistant Secretary for Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services. With this vote, Rachel Levine is one step closer to becoming the highest ranking openly transgender person to serve in the US government and the first transgender nominee to be confirmed by the Senate.
Summary: On February 17, in response to LGBTQI public health challenges that were amplified and exacerbated by the Trump Administration, a group of leading LGBTQI advocates have published a report identifying opportunities for immediate action for improved health outcomes for LGBTQI people throughout the United States. The scope of the document, co-authored by GLMA, reflects the urgency to address health disparities in LGBTQI communities and identifies many ways that the Biden-Harris Administration can remove barriers to well-being and health for marginalized sexual and gender minority people.
Summary: On January 25, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order overturning the ban on transgender people openly serving in the military - a ban which healthcare experts agree is scientifically unsubstantiated. GLMA President Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS, and Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, issued a statement applauding the reversal.
Summary: On January 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris were sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States. President Biden issued several Executive Orders on his first day, including on LGBTQ equality, racial equality, and the response to the pandemic. GLMA President Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS, and Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, issued a statement applauding the Biden administration's commitment to LGBTQ equality and racial equity.
Summary: On 1/19/21, President-elect Joseph Biden announced that he will nominate Rachel Levine, MD, to serve as Assistant Secretary for Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services. If confirmed, Dr. Levine will be the first openly transgender official confirmed by the US Senate. GLMA President Scott Nass, MD, MPA, and Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, issued a statement on this historic nomination.
Summary: On December 21, GLMA proudly joined with twelve other leading health professional associations in a friend-of-the-court brief challenging Idaho's HB 500, which targets trans student athletes, as well as harming intersex athletes and all women and girls in Idaho.
Summary: GLMA mourns the recent passing of two former GLMA staff and shares our condolences with their loved ones. Former GLMA Director of Policy and Programs Patricia “Pat” Dunn passed away in November. Former Lesbian Health Fund Director Grace Flannery passed away in October.
Summary: On November 19, Nicole Sandhu, MD, PhD, FACP, FAMWA, president of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), and Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS, president of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, issued a joint statement recognizing Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Summary: On November 9, the Biden-Harris transition team made its first announcement, naming a panel of public health experts to provide evidence-based advice on the coronavirus. In a statement, GLMA praised this signal that federal policy based on science will be a guiding principle of their governance. The statement outlines the work ahead for GLMA in the coming administration. Please click here for the full statement.
Summary: On 6/22/20, GLMA joined a lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal and Steptoe & Johnson LLP, challenging the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently published healthcare discrimination rule that purports to carve out transgender and LGBQ people and other vulnerable populations from the protections of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, among other bases.