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LGBT Health Digest is a weekly electronic newsletter with information and resources for health professionals concerned about the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. The Digest highlights issues, events, publications, and other newsworthy items pertinent to LGBT health. Please feel free to circulate the Digest to your colleagues. To sign up, send your request to
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Summary: On March 13, 2019, the Equality Act was introduced to the 116th Congress for consideration. If passed, this federal bill would provide comprehensive and explicit nondiscrimination protections nationwide for the LGBTQ community, ensuring that nobody is discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. GLMA was proud to have joined other health professional associations and organizations in endorsing this bill. See the letter GLMA President Gal Mayer, MD, MS, sent out about this, and learn how healthcare professionals can work to ensure the Equality Act gets passed!

Summary: On February 27, 2019, Chair-Elect of the AMA Board of Trustees Jesse Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, and five decorates transgender troops provided testimony to the House Armed Services Committee on why transgender troops should not be excluded from military service. Chair-Elect Jesse Ehrenfeld provided testimony on AMA policy that states there is no medically valid reason to prevent transgender individuals from openly serving. GLMA was proud to introduce this policy in 2015 to the AMA House of Delegates..

Summary: On January 22, the US Supreme Court issued an order lifting three of four injunctions that blocked the Trump Administration’s discriminatory policy barring transgender individuals from openly serving in the military. While the justices did not rule on the merits of the case, this order could allow the ban to go into effect while lower courts work through the legal challenges to the ban. GLMA Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, issued the the following statement in response.

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