As we celebrate our 80th anniversary, we also commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the uprisings that sparked the modern LBGTQ rights movement.
Despite the progress made since 1969, LGBTQ people’s ability to access health care, raise their families, and live their most authentic lives is still under attack. The LGBTQ community face health disparities linked to social stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil rights.
At the same time Planned Parenthood is working to break down barriers for LGBTQ people, extreme politicians are working to erect barriers. In May, the Trump-Pence administration issued a new rule that allows health care workers to deny medical services care to LGBTQ people if they cite a religious or conscientious objection. This rule sanctions discrimination by health care providers who believe their personal beliefs are more important than a patient’s health.
Here’s our unwavering belief:
Everyone deserves access to high-quality, compassionate, non-judgmental health care—regardless of gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. Period.
Planned Parenthood’s doors are open to everyone. Whether you’re gay or straight, trans or cis, you can come to us for cancer screenings, STI testing and treatment, birth control, abortion, and other health care services. We’re proud to be a provider for so many in the LGBTQ community and are committed to fighting for equal rights for all.
Planned Parenthood is committed to assisting and respecting a community that too often is let down by the health care industry. We know how important it is to have health care that affirms your identity, your family, and your sexuality—as well as the ability and resources to make your own health care decisions with dignity. This is true for everyone.
In 2017, we began offering transgender hormone therapy for patients who need this care in order to be their true selves and live the lives they want. We strive to ensure that all people who visit Planned Parenthood feel welcome, comfortable and respected while receiving expert care in an affirming environment.
We also provide HIV testing and link patients living with HIV—which disproportionately impacts gay and bisexual men, as well as transgender women—to treatment and care. We also offer PrEP, a daily pill that helps prevent HIV.
The progress we’ve seen on LGBTQ rights in this country is rooted in principles that also underlie reproductive rights:
Politicians should not get to decide what you do with your body or what your family looks like, and what state you live in should not determine what basic human rights you enjoy.
Be sure to take photos at any PRIDE march for our Forward! Marches that Move Us exhibit.
Post your PRIDE march/rally photos to Instagram and tag @MarchesThatMoveUs and @ppsouthtexas.
Explain why the march moved you using the hashtags #MarchesThatMoveUs and #ppsouthtexas. You can also email photos to [email protected] or call 210-572-5279 if you’d like to drop off a photo or an actual sign.
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