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Transgender Individuals Need Access to Basic Healthcare

By Sayer Johnson, Executive Director of St. Louis Metro Trans Umbrella Group

Basic transgender health is vastly different from our friends in the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community. As a co-founding member of the St. Louis Metro Trans Umbrella Group, board member of the LGBT Center of St. Louis, and as a trans man myself, I have firsthand experienced this difference in our community. 

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Sparking Interest from Rural Missouri Hospitals on LGBT Health

Upon concluding the review process for our Mid-Missouri and Southeast Missouri Hospitals, health advocates were faced with the challenge of sparking interest among rural hospital officials on a review of their LGBT welcoming policies. Knowing the formula for sparking interest among urban hospitals, we knew that rural outreach would be considerably different. Putting on our strategy caps, advocates came up with a road map to engage these hospitals.

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Missouri Is Not Kansas

We are seeing anti-LGBT policies and laws implemented in states that are all too close to home. As you may already know, Kansas shamefully removed employment protections for their LGBT state workers, Arkansas passed a bill that prevents cities from enacting their own laws to protect LGBT people from discrimination, and West Virginia just passed a similar bill out of committee that would take local control away from cities. Missouri is no exception. Just in the past two months, we have seen five bills pop up that threaten the quality of life for LGBT Missourians. 

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Pressure Building to End Trans Exclusions Under ObamaCare

Before the end of 2014, PROMO urged Missourians to consider supporting a complaint that urged the United States Department of Health and Human Services to end exclusions under Obamacare for transgender folks. The complaint highlighted the individual story of a Missourian who experienced the effects of these exclusions, first hand, when he was approved to receive a marketplace plan. Hundreds of Missourians weighed their support to this complaint in hopes of ending basic health coverage exclusions for an already marginalized community. 

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