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Planned Parenthood speaks up and advocates for change. We never shy away from the fight for justice and equity.

We push for reproductive rights and freedoms. We support LGBTQ+ equality. And we are committed to advocating for racial justice, especially in our Black communities. The way we see it, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and racial justice are all inextricably linked. And this intersectionality is a reflection of the communities we serve, our patients and our staff. We are committed to doing our part to create change.

June is Pride Month, but celebrations look different this year as the LGBTQ+ community stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. We stand together in pursuit of a world which honors basic human rights — including health care. We stand together in the belief that Black, LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented groups should be able to live free from violence and discrimination.

We saw victory in the Supreme Court today, as it ruled to expand employment protections for LGBTQ+ people. This historic decision is a significant step forward in the fight to further the rights of millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people. But let’s not forget that just last Friday – on the four-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre – the Trump administration finalized a rule that erases transgender civil rights protections in health care. Now, the work we do at Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley to provide trans patients with the services they need is more important than ever.  

When we see a patient at Planned Parenthood — whether by phone, video, or in-person — our incredible health center staff provides compassionate, nonjudgmental, quality healthcare.

 Meet Antonio. He’s a Front Office Specialist at our Pasadena Health Center:

"Growing up Black, Latino, AND gay was very tough in the south. I was always too gay for the black community, too dark for the Latino community, and not white enough to fit in with the gay community. When I started working for Planned Parenthood, I felt like for the first time, I finally fit into every category. I am so proud to work for an organization that treats their patients just as they do their employees, regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexuality. I’m happy that we are all able to enjoy this safe space."

Our Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley staff are committed to building a world in which every person — regardless of their race, income, insurance, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, abilities, or immigration status — can access reproductive health care and sex education without shame or judgement. We will continue to put in the work needed to advocate for reproductive freedom, LGBTQ+ rights, and racial justice to better serve our staff, patients and communities. Because we are committed to providing expert, compassionate health care and education to all people — no matter who they are.

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