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New Clinic, Open Door Health, Opens In Providence, Rhode Island


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New Clinic, Open Door Health, Opens in Providence, Rhode Island

Located on Central Street near Broad Street, Open Door Health offers a safer enviroment for LGBTQ+ members who fear discrimination due to their sexual orientation or belief.

Open Door Health, the first dedicated LGBTQ+ healthcare center in Rhode Island, opened its doors on March 4, providing essential healthcare services including HIV primary care, gender-affirming care, and more, such as “Express Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Screening.”

Executive Director Amy Nunn said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony said:

“When [Medical Director] Dr. [Philip] Chan and I conceived of this clinic, we wanted to create a safe space for all Rhode Islanders irrespective of their gender, their gender expression, their sexual identity or their orientation.”

The clinic also offers a patient portal for members who’d like to settle their account online, or create an account via athenahealth – a private healthcare service that provides financial and clinical results for providers to their patients.

Open Door Health is located at 7 Central St, Providence, RI.

Why Does This Matter?

Research like “You Don’t Want Second Best – Anti-LGBT Discrimination in US Health Care” shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals encounter difficulty finding providers who are knowledgeable about their needs, experience discrimination from providers, and delay or forego care visits or treatments because of concerns about how they will be treated. Open Door Health caters to all patients, regardless of sexual identification or preference.

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Virginia Bans LGBTQ “Conversation Therapy” –Law To Go Into Effect July 1


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Virginia Bans LGBTQ “Conversation Therapy” –Law To Go into Effect July 1

Lawmakers in Virginia have successfully banned “LGBTQ conversion” therapy for minors, making it the 20th state in the nation to protect youth from this discredited practice.

On March 3, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam signed a bill that makes Virginia the 20th state in the nation to ban the practice of conversion therapy for minors. On February 3, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 66-27 to ban licensed therapists and counselors from subjecting LGBTQ+ youth to the practice, and on February 17, the Senate passed the House’s version 22-18 to approve the ban.

The Virginia law will go into effect July 1.

The practice of “conversation therapy” has been a running debate for years, and has been denounced by multiple pro-LGBTQ organizations like The Trevor Project, which released a survey in June 2019 that found that 42% of LGBTQ youth who underwent “conversion therapy” reported a suicide attempt in the prior year. The rates are even higher for transgender and non-binary youth, with 57% of respondents reporting a suicide attempt.

The Trevor Project is a nonprofit focused on suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ and questioning youth.

Why Does This Matter?

Prohibiting the practice of “Conversation Therapy” would prevent health care providers from engaging in the unlawful and dangerous practice of deliberately attempting to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The belief that gay people need to be “cured” of their sexual orientation also contributes to harassment and violence against the LGTBQ community and anyone else who doesn’t conform to rigid stereotypes of gender and sexuality.

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NBC News Exit Poll finds LGBTQ+ Support For Bernie Sanders


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NBC News Exit Poll finds LGBTQ+ support for Bernie Sanders

According to an NBC News exit poll from Super Tuesday, 40 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender voters back Bernie Sanders.

According to an exit poll conducted by NBC News, in 12 of the 14 Super Tuesday states, 42 percent of LGBTQ voters – who make up a disproportionately high 9 percent of the electorate in these contests – went for Sen. Bernie Sanders, and 22 percent to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. This means that two-thirds of the LGBTQ votes went to the two most progressive Democrats on the ballot. Former Vice President Joe Biden garnered 19 percent support while former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg garnered only 6 percent.

The NBC news exit poll also tallied non-LGBTQ voters backing Joe Biden witht 34 percent support, Bernie Sanders with 31 percent, Elizabeth Warren with 13 percent, and Mike Bloomberg with 12 percent.

Why Does This Matter?

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has a long record of support for LGBTQ+ rights, such as opposing the “Defense of Marriage Act,” which defined marriage exclusive to “one man and one woman” and allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages, and voting against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the policy that barred LGBTQ+ military service members from acknowledging their sexual orientation.

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Evangelical Preacher Is Suing Scottish Event Venue For Refusing To Let Him Spread Anti-LGBTQ+ Misinformation


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Evangelical Preacher Is Suing Scottish Event Venue for Refusing to Let Him Spread Anti-LGBTQ+ Misinformation

Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham and evangelical preacher known for defending the religious freedom of business owners that turn away LGBTQ customers, launched a lawsuit with a Glasgow venue for alleged discrimination against Christians.

After a Glasgow venue cancelled an event hosted by notorious anti-LGBTQ evangelical preacher Franklin Graham, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) launched legal proceedings to sue for “religious discrimination.” Graham has spent years defending controversial cases such as the one involving the Colorado bakery owners who refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. Graham has repeatedly praised business owners for standing up for their religious beliefs.

BGEA claims Scotland’s biggest concert venue, SSE Hydro, is discriminating against Christians by refusing to give the pastor a platform to spread anti-LGBTQ rhetoric. Graham’s May 30 event was canceled after shareholders of the Glasgow City Council voiced strong concerns about hosting Graham because it was likely hate speech and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric would be used at the event.

According to Graham’s website, the case has been expedited, and SSE Hydro is required to respond to the lawsuit and explain why they canceled Graham’s contract by February 27. News

Why Does This Matter?

“Religious freedom” has become a divisive issue in the US political conversation, especially around issues of sexuality and marriage, where GOP members see religious freedom as protection against having to accommodate things they cannot conscientiously support due to their religious beliefs; the DNC sees that argument as discriminatory and a violation of civil rights law, especially now that same-sex marriage is legal throughout the US.

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New Bill Will Require New Jersey Schools To Notify Parents Of LGBTQ-Related Curriculum


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New Bill Will Require New Jersey Schools to Notify Parents of LGBTQ-Related Curriculum

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation on Thursday, January 31, 2019, mandating that schools throughout the state teach students about “the political, economic, and social contributions” of LGBTQ community.

According to The Associated Press, the bill passed by a 22-18 vote, and the House version of the bill passed in the Virginia House of Delegates by a 66-27 vote.

As the LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum is rolled out in New Jersey this year, the bill requires schools to notify parents about any lesson or curriculum related to sexual orientation or gender identity, giving parents the option to excuse their children from attending this class.

The bill would not restrict LGBTQ topics from teachers’ lesson plans, but the language isn’t clear as to which topics related to sex and gender would require notifying parents.

Why Does This Matter?

A year ago, New Jersey became the second state, following California, to pass a law requiring public schools to include the LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum into their classrooms.

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New Domain Extension “.gay” – Early Access Coming March 2020


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New Domain Extension “.gay” – Early Access Coming March 2020

Domain name company Top Level Design announced the launch of the generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) “.gay” after a nearly decade-long application process.

The .gay domain extension is a step forward that signals support for the LGBTQ community within the World Wide Web. According to JD Supra, domains with the .gay extension will be available for registration through March 31, 2020, open to businesses that have their trademark validated with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH).

By purchasing a .gay domain, companies can support and celebrate LGBTQ communities – 20 percent of all new registration revenue will automatically be donated to nonprofit partners to help address key issues facing LGBTQ people.

Why Does This Matter?

The new .gay registry is committed to set higher standards by ensuring that all websites that use the .gay domain remain free from harassment and anti-LGBTQ content, while simultaneously creating more gay-friendly spaces on the internet.

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