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Summary for LGBTQ Mil/Vet Commission Bill Added

Update (05/13/2021) A bill summary was added today: This bill establishes the Commission to Study the Stigmatization, Criminalization, and Ongoing Exclusion and Inequity for LGBTQ Servicemembers and Veterans. The Commission must identify and compile information about the history of military policy regarding homosexuality from 1778 onward, including regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) sexual orientation and gender identity. The Commission must hold public … Continue reading Summary for LGBTQ Mil/Vet Commission Bill Added

May 2021 Observances

Do you ever wonder how organizations, businesses, and individuals know when a certain observance or awareness month, week, or day is? If so, below is a tailored list of observances for the month of May 2021 specifically for military, Veterans, and LGBTQ+ folx. We may issue graphics for some of the events listed below. Because there are so many events and awareness campaigns, the listing … Continue reading May 2021 Observances

Today is the International Transgender Day of Visibility #TDOV

Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) 2021! March 31st is known International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). First celebrated in 2009, this day was founded by Rachel Crandall, a Michigan-based transgender activist as a “reaction to the lack of LGBT recognition of transgender people.” Rachel was inspired because, up until that point, there wasn’t an observance specifically honoring the many achievements and contributions of … Continue reading Today is the International Transgender Day of Visibility #TDOV

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: 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

March 10th is National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NWGHAAD

Every year on March 10 β€” and throughout the month of March β€” local, state, federal, and national organizations come together to shed light on the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls and show support for those at risk of and living with HIV. This year marks the 16th annual observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). The HIV/AIDS … Continue reading March 10th is National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NWGHAAD

Today is #ZeroDiscriminationDay: Take Action to #EndInequalities

March 1st is Zero Discrimination Day. First celebrated by the United Nations on March 1, 2014, the UN’s HIV/AIDS program UNAIDS launched its Zero Discrimination Campaign on World AIDS Day in December 2013. The aim of Zero Discrimination Day is to promote equality before the law and in practice throughout all the member countries of the UN. UNAIDS has this to say about Zero Discrimination … Continue reading Today is #ZeroDiscriminationDay: Take Action to #EndInequalities

March 2021 Observances

Do you ever wonder how organizations, businesses, and individuals know when a certain observance or awareness month, week, or day is? If so, below is a tailored list of observances for the month of March 2021 specifically for military, Veterans, and LGBTQ+ folx. We may issue graphics for some of the events listed below. For those that are not illustrated, there are links below to … Continue reading March 2021 Observances