From transgender equality to important protections for LGBTQ youth and seniors, there's still more work to do! MassEquality supports the following bills that will directly impact the LGBTQ community. Learn more about our LGBTQ Champions Agenda for the 2017 legislative session.
We believe that transgender people deserve full equality.
We believe that LGBTQ youth must be protected from the harmful practice of "conversion therapy" to change their sexuality or gender identity.
We believe that LGBTQ elders deserve culturally competent care.
We believe that LGBTQ homeless youth should be able to make their own healthcare decisions.
We believe that all youth deserve to receive comprehensive, medically accurate and age-appropriate information in sex education courses.
We believe that no one should face unfair barriers to accessing healthcare, and that patient privacy and confidentiality must be safeguarded.
We believe everyone deserves to have their decisions regarding reproductive healthcare respected, and to be able to access affordable reproductive healthcare services and products.
The 2017 LGBTQ Champions Agenda
Our LGBTQ Champions Agenda for the 2017 legislative session includes the following bills:
- An Act Relative to abusive practices to change sexual orientation and gender identity in minors: This bill would prohibit any efforts by licensed professionals in Massachusetts who counsel minors from attempting to "change" the sexual orientation or gender identity of a minor.
- An Act Relative to LGBT Awareness Training for Aging Service Providers: While LGBTQ folks of all ages experience stigma, discrimination and abuse, LGBTQ older adults have historically endured particularly intense homophobia and transphobia. This bill would require the Executive Office of Elder Affairs to develop a curriculum for delivery of accessible and appropriate services to LGBTQ older adults and caregivers.
- An Act Relative to Healthy Youth: This bill would ensure that a school electing to teach sex education selects a curriculum that is accurate, age-appropriate and comprehensive.
- An Act Relative to HIV Screening and Prevention: This bill lifts barriers to accessing HIV and STI prevention, screening and treatment by expanding access to prevention services for minors; studying out-of-network insurance coverage of HIV/STI screening services; and updating HIV screening and record-sharing laws.
- An Act Relative to the Health Care of Minors: This bill wouldensure that homeless youth, many of whom are LGBTQ, are more easily able to prove they are managing their own financial affairs as currently required to consent to medical and dental care.
- An Act Advancing Contraceptive Coverage and Economic Security in our State (ACCESS): This bill would ensure Massachusetts women can access affordable birth control products, require insurers to cover all birth control products, and keep insurers from interfering in womens' health decisions.
- An Act to protect access to confidential healthcare: This bill would ensure the confidentiality of sensitive healthcare services on insurance statements, which is vital for LGBTQ youth, minors, people with HIV/AIDS and those on another person's health plan.