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Congressional Briefing Addresses How Shifts in Federal Policy Are Hurting LGBT Americans

In the past year, several new federal policy initiatives have done serious harm to sexual and gender minorities. Psychological science details how these shifts are increasing stigma and prejudice, potentially decreasing access to critical services and increasing well-documented health disparities. To mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, a Congressional briefing will be held on May 17 to spotlight the psychological impact of these policies. Speakers, including Fenway Institute Director of Health Policy Research Dr. Sean Cahill, will share solutions to benefit the health of sexual and gender minorities.

“The Trump Administration is undermining important nondiscrimination regulations that guarantee LGBT people’s right to access health care,” said Cahill. “They are also implementing dangerous religious refusal policies that frame anti-LGBT discrimination as free exercise of religion. In this Congressional briefing, we will describe what this means for LGBT Americans and what we can do to protect our right to access nondiscriminatory and culturally competent care.”

The briefing is open to congressional staff and members of the public and will be held at the Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 2103, Washington, D.C. from 3:00 to 4:30 PM. To attend this briefing, please email Shannon Wood.

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