Mental Health Issues for LGBTQ+ Veterans #MHM #MHAM

When it comes to LGBTQ+ Veterans, the VA separates lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) Veterans and transgender/intersex Veterans. The differentiation is not discriminatory; it is necessary because the VA recognizes that LGB and transgender/intersex Veterans face different health issues. Mental health for LGBTQ+ Veterans is multilayered due to the progress of military equality starting with the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy … Continue reading Mental Health Issues for LGBTQ+ Veterans #MHM #MHAM

Trans Resilience & Military Service: Transgender & Non-Binary Veterans #TDOV

Transgender people have served in all branches of the U.S. military and are a rich part of history. Here are some notable Veterans: Kristin BeckBeck served 20 years in the U.S. Navy Seals where she was a member of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group and the special counter-terrorism unit SEAL Team Six. For her service, Beck was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing … Continue reading Trans Resilience & Military Service: Transgender & Non-Binary Veterans #TDOV

#TDOV: Transgender Veterans

Did You Know Over 134,000 U.S. Veterans are estimated to be transgender and, before the transgender military ban was lifted in 2021, there were over 15,000 transgender people serving in the U.S. military Transgender people are at least two to three times more likely to have served in the U.S. military; motivated by patriotism, life direction, and family history of service, transgender people may have … Continue reading #TDOV: Transgender Veterans

LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Non-Discrimination

According to the largest-ever study of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the United States, about 56% of those surveyed had experienced discrimination while trying to seek medical treatment. A 2016 survey found that 68.5% of LGBT+ people who experienced discrimination in the year before had been negatively affected psychologically, about 43.7% said discrimination had adversely affected their physical well-being. For all the legislation and … Continue reading LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Non-Discrimination

LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Voting

In October 2019, the UCLA’s Williams Institute released a study detailing the preferences and characteristics of LGBT+ voters in relation to the 2020 General Election. The study indicated that, at the time, 1 in 5 LGBT+ adults (~21%) was not registered to vote and almost 9 million LGBT+ adults were eligible registered and eligible to vote. 2020 saw the nation grappling with a pandemic, a … Continue reading LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Voting

LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Advocacy

Did you know that the VA has a program for LGBT+ Veterans and that there are personnel at nearly all VA facilities nationwide that are tasked to help LGBT+ Veterans with care issues? In 2016, the VA started addressing healthcare issues specific to LGBTQ+ Veterans by appointing LGBT Veteran Care Coordinators (VCCs) at VA facilities. VCCs are licensed clinicians responsible for promoting best practices for … Continue reading LGBT+ Health Awareness Week: Advocacy

On This Day in 2019, Federal Judge Lifts Order Against Trans Military Ban

Two years ago today, a Maryland federal judge issued a six-page decision lifting an order against the previous administration’s ban on transgender military service. This was the 3rd order lifted since January 2019 when the Supreme Court lifted two other orders issued by judges in the Ninth Circuit. One other order remained in place effectively keeping openly transgender service in place for the time being. … Continue reading On This Day in 2019, Federal Judge Lifts Order Against Trans Military Ban