The United States has had a challenging 2020. As we were weathering through the COVID-19 pandemic, we were hit with protests over the wrongful deaths of Black Americans and discriminatory policies against the LGBTQ community.
On Saturday, June 12th the Trump Administration removed non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals when it comes to health insurance and healthcare. It was illegal to discriminate on the basis of “race, color, national origin, sex age, or disability in certain health programs and activities”. The Obama administration explained that protections regarding “sex” include those based on gender identity, which is “male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female”.
As a country, it seems like our leadership is having a hard time recognizing the LGBTQ community as people. At the end of the day, people in the LGBTQ community have jobs, families, and daily routines just like everyone else.
Why is the United States still dealing with racism and discrimination? How can leaders of our country make a change? Will you help make a change?
The beauty of America is that change comes from the people. Change is hard to achieve, but if there is one place where change and reform are possible for the better, it’s in the United States of America. We might be “great”, but we aren’t the greatest we can be, and it’s frustrating.
It is time for our country to get over their phobias of the LGBTQ community. We have families, friends, and take out the trash just like everyone else in the world. We are in the year 2020, and America is acting like the overgrown teen who is still throwing temper tantrums after being asked to try new things.
In my opinion, one of the LGBTQ community’s greatest struggle is simple recognition. Historically, we have not been recognized as people, but below that. In the 80’s President Reagan would not even say the word “AIDS”, because AIDS was labeled as the gay disease. It wasn’t until 2016 that gay people were given the right to get married.
And now we have legislation limiting their health care.
Healthcare providers can make the biggest difference for the LGBTQ community today. Doctors have the best understanding and validate their LGBTQ patient’s feelings for the way we feel even though we are different.
Knowing we are different, Doctors don’t judge us, its quite the opposite. Doctors take care of us.
And we need our Doctors to take a stand.
Declare your office as a safe space for our community. You can do this by registering with the LGBTQ Healthcare directory. Members of our community use this directory to select our Doctors. It shows that you are my ally and that your office is truly a safe space for us.
Most of all, it sends a message to the leadership of our Country that it should be illegal to discriminate against us too.
Thank you to all of the doctors who provide us with amazing health care. And thank you to all the doctors who are going to stand with us.