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The U.S. Government and Global LGBT Health: Opportunities and Challenges in the Current Era

In recent years, the U.S. government has paid increasing attention to the health and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals around the world, utilizing both multilateral and bilateral channels. Still, however, many LGBT individuals continue to face stigma, discrimination, and violence, both within and outside of the health sector, which compromise their ability to access needed health services and can adversely affect health status. Moreover, in many countries, the barriers faced by LGBT individuals include discriminatory laws and policies. To explore opportunities and challenges facing the U.S. government in this arena, the Kaiser Family Foundation convened two roundtable discussions of high-level experts working on global LGBT health and rights as well as those working more broadly on global health. This issue brief summarizes the main points of discussion raised by roundtable participants, focusing on opportunities, challenges, and potential next steps for the U.S. government to consider in addressing the health needs of LGBT individuals around the world. It also provides an overview of global LGBT health issues, and reviews U.S. government efforts to address global LGBT health to date.

Access to Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage for Same-Sex Spouses: 2018 Update

Using the latest data from our annual Employer Health Benefits Survey (EHBS), we assessed access to employer sponsored health insurance (ESI) coverage for same sex spouses in 2018, as well as trends over time; ESI remains the primary way people in the U.S. receive health coverage, either directly or as a spouse or other dependent. We found that while access to same sex-spousal coverage through ESI is increasing, it remains significantly less common than the offer of opposite sex spousal coverage.

Showing OUR Pride: HRC and Greater Than AIDS Team to Speak Out About HIV/AIDS

HRC (Human Rights Campaign) is proud to partner with Greater Than AIDS to provide information about HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention at 18 LGBT Pride festivals across the country this summer. The partnership builds on the Greater Than AIDS Speak Out campaign, launched last year, to engage the LGBT community in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to confront the silence and stigma that too often surrounds this disease.

Health and Access to Care and Coverage for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Individuals in the U.S.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals often face challenges and barriers to accessing needed health services and, as a result, can experience worse health outcomes. These challenges can include stigma, discrimination, violence, and rejection by families and communities, as well as other barriers, such as inequality in the workplace and health insurance sectors, the provision of substandard care, and outright denial of care because of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. This issue brief examines population characteristics of the LGBT community and the impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Supreme Court rulings and other policy changes related to same-sex marriage that can insurance coverage and access to health care services, and recent actions by the Trump Administration.

Poll: Large Majorities, Including Republicans, Oppose Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People by Employers and Health Care Providers

Large majorities of Americans think it should be illegal for either employers or health care providers to discriminate against people because they are lesbian, gay or bisexual, or transgender, a new KFF poll finds. This includes large majorities of Republicans, independents and Democrats across a range of questions about such…

New Issue Brief Examines the U.S. Government and Global LGBT Health

A new Kaiser Family Foundation brief explores the U.S. government’s efforts to address the health and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals around the world. LGBT individuals continue to face stigma, discrimination, and violence, both within and outside of the health sector, and in many countries…

Brief Provides Update on LGBT Coverage and Health as More States Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

An updated issue brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation gives a detailed profile of health concerns for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, offers the latest demographic data, and discusses the impact of recent changes in state and federal policies on health coverage, including the Affordable Care Act and same-sex…