January 20, 2021 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

AMA Announces New Policies Inclusive of LGBTQ+ Community Policies

Last week, the American Medical Association (AMA) ratified new policies that advocate for LGBTQ+ -inclusive family leave and transgender people in detention.

  According to a study conducted in 2011 by the Human Rights Watch, a global human rights organization that advocates for LGBTQ+ rights, same-sex spouses were routinely denied 12 weeks of unpaid annual family leave granted under the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Even while the Supreme Court affirmed same-sex marriage rights in 2015, some states have gone further to guarantee FMLA-type benefits by enacting a broader “blood or affinity” model as the basis for defining family.

The AMA’s new policy adopts a similar definition, calling for “inclusive family and medical leave policies to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) workers who shoulder the care of relatives, spouses, partners and others,” according to a press release.

“Physicians understand the day-to-day challenges and rewards for individuals who are helping to care for a loved one who needs help,” said AMA Immediate Past Chair Patrice A. Harris, M.D. “The new AMA policy signals that physicians support the need and benefit of policies for family and medical leave that are inclusive of LGBTQ workers.”

In another move of greater inclusivity, the AMA will begin to advocate for trans people in detention, calling for facilities that align with their gender identities. This announcement comes on the heels of a decision in May by the Bureau of Prisons that “biological sex” will be the basis for initial placement determinations. Trans prisoners will only receive placement in gender-appropriate facilities “in rare cases.”

In a separate press release, the AMA urged “that housing policies be changed to allow transgender prisoners to be placed in correctional facilities that are reflective of their affirmed gender status.”

“The problem facing the safety and health of transgender prisoners is severe and well documented,” said Dr. Harris.  “Transgender prisoners are disproportionately the victims of sexual assault, suffering higher rates of sexual assault than general population inmates. The new AMA policy acknowledges that the increased rate of violence largely stems from transgender prisoners being housed based on their birth sex, and not according to their affirmed gender.”

In the past, the AMA has used its clout to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ folks, such as its categorical rejection of “conversion” therapy.

Related Posts

LA LGBT Center Administers First COVID-19 Vaccines

January 9, 2021

January 9, 2021

The first of 400 doses received by the Center were dispensed by Dr. Ward Carpenter, co-director of health services at...

PIQUE Health – Specialized Treatment Plans to Optimize Male Health

December 11, 2020

December 11, 2020

Beverly Hills-based practice helping men come up with a plan to fully optimize their health Now more than ever, amid...

The Facts And Health Benefits Of Masturbation

December 5, 2020

December 5, 2020

We know about the pleasures associated with masturbation, but are there health benefits of masturbation related to it as well?...

World AIDS Day

December 3, 2020

December 3, 2020

World AIDS Day, designated on Dec.1st each year, was first observed in 1988.  This year, similar to previous years, organizations...

The Right Size Condom For You

November 12, 2020

November 12, 2020

Condoms and sex seem to be a taboo subject for discussion. Health class 101 points out the male and female...

The Center Offers Post Election Counseling

November 5, 2020

November 5, 2020

Amidst the stress on an election still yet to be called The LGBTQ Center Long Beach offered free post election...

Family-Owned CBD Brand Remedio Wellness

October 29, 2020

October 29, 2020

Family-owned CBD brand Remedio Wellness launches carefully formulated products harnessing the power of nature and hemp.  Remedio Wellness was founded...

Free Drive-Up HIV Testing

October 25, 2020

October 25, 2020

In 2019, 245 people were newly diagnosed with HIV in Orange County. The HIV epidemic remains, despite a pandemic changing...

WeHo Launches “Masks Are…” PSA

October 25, 2020

October 25, 2020

The City of West Hollywood has had a mandatory face-covering requirement in effect since late May 2020 and has been...

AIDS Memorial Quilt Virtual Exhibition

October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

The National AIDS Memorial is announcing a virtual exhibition of the AIDS Memorial Quilt (the Quilt) that will feature more...

Tech Companies Offer Hormone Therapy At Home

October 4, 2020

October 4, 2020

Plume, the first health tech company built for the transgender community, announced that it has been named Preferred GAHT Provider...

Trans Lifeline, A Transgender Crisis Hotline Run By Trans People

September 27, 2020

September 27, 2020

Trans Lifeline, which describes itself as the only crisis hotline for trans people operated entirely by trans people, is flooded...

AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2020

August 27, 2020

August 27, 2020

AIDS Walk Los Angeles (AWLA) is the world’s first walk to fight HIV and AIDS. 35 years ago, a group...

The Best Cancer Treatment You Have Never Heard Of – Hyperthermia Cancer Institute

August 19, 2020

August 19, 2020

The Hyperthermia Cancer Institute, is a cancer therapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be used with...

August Celebrated As Anal Pleasure Month

August 9, 2020

August 9, 2020

In 2012 August was declared to be anal pleasure month which is unbeknownst to many people. Good Vibrations, an adult...