Transitioning Under Obamacare

Here is the story of one woman who used the new Affordable Care Act to cover her gender confirmation surgery when she was not able to access treatment otherwise:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/08/25/obamacare-now-pays-for-gender-reassignment.html

Contrastingly, below is another op-ed that details some technical problems with the system that might prevent Trans* people from getting the coverage they need:

http://whatifpost.com/despite-obamacare-promise-transgender-people-have-trouble-getting-some-care.htm

(It is important to note that the Trans* experience includes so much more than medical procedures; however, this is still a crucial issue of equality of care and treatment.)

 

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Russian Regulations

A woman holds a poster depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a protest in front of the Russian embassy in Madrid, Spain Friday Aug. 23. The protesters criticized Russia's new law on LGBT individuals, calling for the Winter 2014 Olympic Games to be taken away from Sochi. Russia issued a law that bans 'propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations' and imposes fines on those holding gay pride rallies. AP photo

(Photo from protests over Sochi Olympic regulations)

Russia is attempting to pass a new health law, which would affect “‘non-traditional sexual relationships,’ including homosexuality and pedophilia” and have some serious consequences for queer Russians.

Some details:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/victorstepanov/russia-proposes-dedicated-health-facilities-to-treat-homosex#.mpR9d0vWRM

For the full site (in Russian:)

http://regulation.gov.ru/projects#npa=46419