Category: News

  • November 22, 2019

    Governor Cuomo Announces New Actions to Protect Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming New Yorkers

    On Wednesday, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would be directing the Department of Financial Services (DFS) – the state agency that regulates private insurance companies – to propose new actions to further protect access to health insurance for transgender and non-binary individuals. The Governor also directed the Division of Human […]


  • August 1, 2018

    Three state public health and policy announcements could be critical for LGBTQ communities in New York State

    Callen-Lorde is optimistic as Governor Cuomo shores up healthcare access structures that are vitally important to LGBTQ communities in New York State. In recent weeks, the Governor has proposed additional and enhanced regulatory protections for transgender New Yorkers in anticipation of a potential roll back of the Affordable Care Act’s key non-discrimination provision, Section 1557. […]


  • July 12, 2018

    Coalition Led by Callen-Lorde Prompts State to Issue New Medicaid Guidance on Gender Affirming Insurance Coverage

    Last week, the New York State Department of Health quietly released new guidance for Medicaid Managed Care Plans informing coverage of treatment of gender dysphoria. The guidance comes as a welcome development when – despite existing regulations that went in to effect in 2015 – many transgender and gender non-binary (TGNB) patients are being denied […]


  • March 20, 2018

    Meet Lydia Polgreen: Spring Fever 2018 Honoree!

    Meet Lydia Polgreen.   Lydia is Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost. She was named to that post in December 2016 after spending nearly 15 years at the New York Times, where she led an initiative to expand its audience outside the United States, with an initial focus on Latin America. Previously, Lydia was Deputy International Editor, the […]


  • November 30, 2017

    U=U: Setbacks and Strides

    On World AIDS Day, we reflect upon the most recent tools – and progress – in the fight against HIV/AIDS. PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis), and most recently, using HIV treatment as a prevention tool, colloquially known as TasP or U=U, have made great strides in decreasing HIV transmission rates, particularly in areas where […]


  • October 6, 2017

    Administration Announces New Rules Targeting LGBTQ Communities

    In two blows to the health and safety of our communities this week, the Administration made two announcements – one ordering the Department of Justice to interpret Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to exclude people of transgender experience, and the other, a new rule ostensibly reversing the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring that […]


  • September 12, 2017

    Rest in Peace, Edie

    Statement on the passing of Edie Windsor From Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, The LGBT Community Center, Hetrick-Martin Institute and SAGE It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of Edie Windsor, LGBTQ rights activist and icon, who passed away on Tuesday, September 12. Edie worked passionately and tirelessly throughout her […]


  • September 12, 2017

    Callen-Lorde Named Leader in Healthcare Equality Index

    With roots spanning back nearly 50 years, Callen-Lorde has long been a leader in LGBTQ healthcare. To help ensure a similar level of cultural competence with non-LGBTQ specific healthcare providers, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created the Healthcare Equality Index or HEI – an annual survey that rates hospitals and healthcare facilities on policies and best […]


  • July 31, 2017

    Healthcare Victory Amidst Setbacks

    This last few weeks have been dizzying for many of us. For now, we can breathe a sigh of relief that the latest efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have stalled. In the early hours of July 28, the Senate voted down – 51 to 49 – what was known as the […]


  • July 27, 2017

    We Won’t Go Back: Policy Proposals Target LGBTQ Communities

    This week, the Trump Administration unleashed a series of policy proposals with the potential to have severe consequences to the health and wellness of people of transgender experience and LGBTQ communities at large. On Wednesday, President Trump announced via Twitter that he plans to ban transgender people from serving in the military, citing that the […]


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