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August 2023

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation Releases New Data Highlighting the Negative Impact of Gender-Affirming Care Bans on LGBTQ+ Adults"The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s analysis of this data found that these bans affect the physical and/or mental health of many LGBTQ+ adults, including whether they or their loved ones feel safe in their communities. For transgender and non-binary adults, these effects were even more highly reported." Read more.

Inclusive All of Us data poised to transform research on LGBTQ health challenges, outcomes"Rather than focusing strictly on this preliminary study’s findings, however, the researchers emphasize that their analysis serves primarily as a proof of principle for the data set’s utility. It allows them for the first time to tweeze apart the varying health outcomes of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other sexual and gender minority people." Read more.

A guide to neopronouns, from ae to ze — “All pronouns indicate identity and can be used to include or exclude people they describe — neopronouns included, said Dennis Baron, one of the foremost experts on neopronouns and their histories and an emeritus professor of English and Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Neopronouns should be used and respected like any other pronoun, he told CNN.Read more.

Transgender and nonbinary patients have no regrets about top surgery, small study finds"The study, published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Surgery, shows that people who had a gender-affirming mastectomy, sometimes called top surgery, had extremely low rates of decisional regret and extremely high levels of satisfaction with their decision to have the procedure. The results are 'overwhelmingly positive compared to other medical and nonmedical decisions,' the study said." Read more.

Summer Updates and Actions to Take For Local and National LGBTQ Rights"While most state legislative sessions have adjourned for the summer and for the remainder of 2023, the work continues among LGBTQ advocates and allies to curtail attempts by anti-LGBTQ lawmakers at the state and local level to roll back protections for LGBTQ and especially transgender people. There have been a number of efforts at the administrative and executive level as well as court rulings these past few weeks that showcase the need to keep driving a path towards dignity and respect for LGBTQ people." Read more.

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