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State Anti-Transgender ‘Bathroom Bills’ Threaten Transgender People’s Health, Participation In Public Life
Between Expanding Health Care Services, Groundbreaking Research, and Fun and Informative Community Events, There is Always a Lot Going on at Fenway Health.
Between expanding health care services, groundbreaking research, and fun and informative community events, there is always a lot going on at Fenway Health. Visit this space regularly to stay informed on the latest happenings at all our locations! You’ll also find our latest press releases and publications for learning and sharing what’s new at Fenway.
February 23, 2017
Trump Administration Rolls Back Guidance Protecting Transgender Students, Threatening Their Health and Well-Being
On February 22, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice jointly issued a letter to withdraw previous guidance issued by the Obama Administration requiring schools to treat transgender students in accordance with their gender identity. The guidance issued in 2016 by the Obama Administration came in response to a growing number of states across the country proposing and passing anti-transgender “bathroom bills,” many of which specifically targeted transgender youth by prohibiting them from using school restrooms and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity. Under President Obama, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued guidance to schools explicitly stating that both agencies consider discrimination on the basis of gender identity in schools as a form of sex discrimination prohibited under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
December 8, 2016
Governor’s 9C Cuts Could Impact Access to Healthcare
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker this week announced $98 million in budget cuts in response to anticipated revenue shortfalls, including nearly $1 million in cuts to the HIV/AIDS line item. These cuts will impact a range of programs, including HIV counseling and testing, access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and access to clean syringes and life-saving Narcan.
December 6, 2016
Shortage of Injectable Estrogen is a Public Health Crisis
For nearly two years, drug manufacturers have not been able to meet demand for injectable estrogen, which is a commonly prescribed hormone therapy for transgender women. A policy brief released today by The Fenway Institute, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, and Treatment Action Group (TAG) describes the shortage as a “public health crisis” and urges the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be more proactive in seeking to resolve the crisis.
October 13, 2016
Today, The Fenway Institute of Fenway Health released a policy brief showing that gun violence poses a substantial threat to the health of the LGBT community, and urging the LGBT community to join the movement to enact a reasonable gun control agenda in the United States.Read More
October 6, 2016
With less than a month left before Election Day, Harlem United and Fenway Health have launched a campaign to educate voters about where the presidential candidates and the political parties stand on six key health equity issues: LGBT equality; HIV/AIDS; healthcare ; substance use; mental health; and housing. Past and current positions on health equity issues were compiled from official campaign statements, party platforms, interviews and articles, and records as public servants or public figures. The campaign consists of social media, a website, and an in-depth report on the candidates and party platforms.Read More
October 6, 2016
The Fenway Institute today commended the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities for designating sexual and gender minorities (SGM) as a health disparity population for research at the National Institutes of Health. According to NIMHD director Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, “Mounting evidence indicates that SGM populations have less access to health care and higher burdens of certain diseases, such as depression, cancer, and HIV/AIDS. But the extent and causes of health disparities are not fully understood, and research on how to close these gaps is lacking.”Read More
August 11, 2016
Today, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data showing that high school age males in the U.S. who are gay or bisexual report much higher rates of substance use than heterosexual males. Findings from the report titled, “Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12 – United States and Selected Sites, 2015,” highlights results from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and details the risk behavior disparities of sexual minority youth, as compared with their heterosexual peers.Read More
July 8, 2016
Today, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law “An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination,” which will prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity in public places. Fenway Health President and CEO Steve Boswell MD, FACP released the following statement in response:
“We applaud Governor Baker for signing the transgender anti-discrimination bill into law. This marks an important moment in the Commonwealth.”Read More
June 16, 2016
A policy brief released today by The Fenway Institute examines controversial state legislation that seeks to restrict access to healthcare and other essential services by LGBT people. Some of the proposed legislation would also nullify local nondiscrimination ordinances based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and denies transgender people access to restrooms according to their gender identity. In the last 18 months, 175 so-called “religious liberty” bills have been filed in 32 states. Six states―Indiana, Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Florida―have passed such legislation, and their governors have signed them into law. The policy brief puts this wave of anti-LGBT legislation into historical context and identifies the risks and implications for LGBT health.Read More
April 28, 2016
Fenway Health denounces HB 1840, a Tennessee law signed Wednesday, April 27 by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, which allows therapists and counselors to refuse mental health treatment to patients based on the counselor’s “sincerely held principles.” Under this law, mental health professionals could discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients without any legal repercussions.Read More
March 24, 2016
Fenway Health, The Fenway Institute, and the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts commend outgoing White House Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy Douglas M. Brooks, MSW on his two years of exemplary leadership of United States HIV/AIDS policy. In this role, he served as the President’s lead advisor on domestic HIV/AIDS and was responsible for overseeing implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), creating an update of NHAS through 2020, and guiding the Administration’s HIV/AIDS policies across Federal agencies.Read More
March 15, 2016
On Saturday, March 19, Fenway Health will honor White House Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy Douglas M. Brooks, MSW with the Congressman Gerry. E. Studds Award in recognition for his years of tireless work in the battle against HIV/AIDS. The award will be given at Fenway’s annual Men’s Event, which brings together more than 1,300 gay and bisexual men, transgender people, friends and supporters for a night of dinner, dancing, and raising money for life-saving programs and services that benefit the entire LGBT community.Read More
February 17, 2016
The National LGBT Health Education Center, a program of The Fenway Institute, is thrilled to announce a new comprehensive online training series in transgender health for healthcare providers. The six-video series is titled “Optimizing Transgender Health: A Core Course for Health Care Providers,” and features presentations given at the first annual Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health Conference held at Fenway Health last October by nationally-recognized experts in transgender healthcare. Medical professionals who participate in the online educational series will be eligible for free continuing education credits.Read More
January 5, 2016
A policy brief released by The Fenway Institute and the Center for American Progress examines controversial state and local legislation that would prevent transgender people from using gendered public facilities, such as restrooms or locker rooms, that align with their gender identity. The brief debunks myths about safety concerns regarding the use of these spaces by people who are transgender, and describes the many negative outcomes that these discriminatory bills could cause. Lastly, it calls on states to pass laws that protect the rights of all Americans to access public accommodations regardless of gender identity.Read More
December 3, 2015
A policy brief released today by the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care—a program of The Fenway Institute, AIDS United, and ARCW—examines questions that have been raised about the interaction between feminizing hormones used by transgender women, and the medication currently approved for use as pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention (PrEP).Read More
November 30, 2015
LGBTQ youth of color experience disproportionate challenges to their physical and mental health, according to an extensive survey released by The Fenway Institute. The Our Health Matters study is the result of partnership of Fenway, BAGLY Inc., and Boston GLASS aimed at examining and addressing the health needs of LGBTQ youth of color in the Greater Boston area.Read More
October 29, 2015
Many transgender men who have the capacity to bear children are faced with barriers in the healthcare system as a result of a lack of training, argue Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, Clinical Instructor at the University of California San Francisco Medical School and Harvey Makadon, MD, Director of the National LGBT Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute in a commentary published in SAGE journal Obstetric Medicine.Read More
October 7, 2015
The Fenway Institute and the Center for American Progress applaud the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for taking the landmark step of addressing disparities affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in health care by including sexual orientation and gender identity (SO/GI) data in requirements for Electronic Health Records (EHRs) certified under the Meaningful Use program.Read More
July 7, 2015
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have awarded Fenway Health, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, and the Multicultural AIDS Coalition $3.78 million for a five-year HIV prevention partnership that will focus on gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women, the groups at highest risk of HIV infection in the US. Dubbed ‘Getting to Zero,’ the initiative will target hard-to-reach, high risk members of these communities and connect them to HIV counseling and testing, health care, and prevention services.Read More
July 1, 2015
Fenway Health has always been an organization for, and supported by, our vibrant communities. It is due to those communities’ generous gifts of time, wisdom, money, and leadership that we’ve been able to grow from a grassroots community health center to the world-class center for health care, research, and advocacy that we are today. Our Board of Directors is comprised of some of the most dedicated members of the Fenway family, and we are pleased to welcome some truly inspirational people as our newest BoD members.Read More
July 26, 2015
“Today the U.S. Supreme Court said that same-sex couples and gay, lesbian and bisexual people are fully equal citizens of the United States,” said Stephen L. Boswell, MD, FACP, President & CEO of Fenway Health. “This is the logical culmination of the right to equal protection under the law regardless of sexual orientation articulated in the Romer v. Evans case by Justice Kennedy in 1996, further developed in the 2013U.S. v. Windsor case. We commend the Court and our colleagues at Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, especially the incomparable Mary Bonauto.”Read More
June 25, 2015
Fenway Health commends the U.S. Supreme Court for ruling 6-3 in favor of federally-run insurance marketplaces. Because of a legal challenge to the federally-run insurance exchanges, some 6.5 million newly-insured Americans were at risk of losing their health insurance. Altogether 16.4 million Americans are newly insured through private insurance or Medicaid since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in January 2014.Read More
June 10, 2015
On June 9, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) released its annual report documenting the level of hate violence experienced by LGBTQ and HIV-affected persons in the United States in 2014. The report, Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2014, is the most comprehensive report on this violence in the United States.Read More
June 5, 2015
The National LGBT Health Education Center’s library of online continuing education programs now fulfills the ongoing training requirement of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s (HRC) annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). Training in LGBT Patient-Centered Care is one of four core criteria that health care facilities must pass in order to achieve the HEI’s Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality status.Read More
April 30, 2015
April 29, 2015
The Fenway Institute co-organized a national experts convening on issues affecting LGBT and intersex youth in juvenile corrections in Washington, DC on April 15 and 16. The convening was hosted by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), a division of the Bureau of Prisons in the U.S. Department of Justice, and co-organized with the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at Brown University Medical School and Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders.Read More
April 27, 2015
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Kenneth Mayer, Medical Research Director and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute, has formally accepted a three-year term on theAdvisory Panel on Addressing Disparities at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). PCORI is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that was established as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Its mandate is to improve the quality and relevance of available medical evidence to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make informed health decisions.Read More
March 25, 2015
The Fenway Institute is excited to announce its collaboration with researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and Columbia University on a first-of-its-kind study of the transgender population in the United States. The objective of “TransPop: U.S. Transgender Population Health Survey” is to use population data to create a comprehensive, accurate picture of the issues that transgender Americans face on a daily basis. The researchers also hope to gain new insights into methodology best practices for surveying transgender people.Read More
February 13, 2015
Since the 1980s, Fenway Health has been a leader in HIV/AIDS prevention research and education. In that tradition, The Fenway Institute will serve as a site for two upcoming vaccine studies that have the potential to significantly reduce the number of new HIV infections: HVTN 106 and HVTN 110.Read More
January 7, 2015
A new study based on data from the Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center shows what a handful of local and regional studies on transgender youth have long suggested: Transgender youth have disparately negative mental health outcomes compared to non-transgender youth. Compared with non-transgender youth, transgender youth had an elevated probability of being diagnosed with depression, suffering from anxiety, attempting suicide, and engaging in self-harming activities without lethal intent.Read More
October 7, 2014
The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health has been approved for an $813,000 funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study the sexual health of female-to-male (FTM) transgender people. The study is one of 46 proposals PCORI approved for funding on September 30 to advance the field of comparative clinical effectiveness research, and to provide patients, healthcare providers, and other clinical decision makers with information that will help them make better-informed choices.Read More
September 26, 2014
The Fenway Institute, AIDS United, and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin have announced a new HRSA-funded training and technical assistance resource for Ryan White-funded AIDS service organizations and community-based organizations. The National Center for Innovation in HIV Care provides free training and technical assistance to Ryan White-funded AIDS service organizations (ASOs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) to help them navigate the changing health care landscape.Read More
September 8, 2014
A study conducted by researchers from The Fenway Institute and the Center for American Progress and published September 8 in PLOS ONE Journal finds that a diverse group of patients are willing to answer questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in clinical settings, and that they understand the importance of answering questions about sexual orientation and gender identity during the patient registration process.Read More
July 17, 2014
Nearly two-thirds of transgender Massachusetts residents have experienced discrimination in a public accommodation setting in the past 12 months and those experiencing this discrimination were nearly twice as likely to report adverse physical and mental health outcomes, according to a study released today by The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) and The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health.Read More
July 1, 2014
Leading bisexual health researchers and community activists from across the country agreed to form the Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health (BiRCH) at a meeting hosted by The Fenway Institute in Boston on June 26. BiRCH will continue high-level discussions of bisexual health research, plan a national conference, and look for ways to raise public awareness of bi health issues.
May 15, 2014
Fenway Health and The Fenway Institute strongly support the May 14 recommendations issued by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention. PrEP is a proven tool for preventing HIV infection, reducing chances of infection by up to 92% according to several studies, including the iPrex study that Fenway helped spearhead.
May 24, 2014
AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts announced today that it has named Carl Sciortino its Executive Director. Sciortino, a state representative from the 34th Middlesex District, will resign from elected office Friday, April 4.
March 27, 2014
The Fenway Institute today issued “a call to action” to state health departments, urging them to ask questions about sexual orientation on their Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys (BRFSS).
February 14, 2014
Fenway Health is proud to announce the addition of obstetrical care services, now available at the 1340 Boylston Street location. As a formal partnership with the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), the new service will be able to accommodate the growing number of Fenway patients starting and expanding their families.
November 1, 2013
The Lancet, considered one of the leading medical journals in the world, profiles Fenway’s Kenneth H. Mayer, MD in their November 2 issue as a “global leader in HIV prevention.”
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