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Landmark Study to Track ‘Pioneer’ Generation of Transgender Children

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A groundbreaking new study, believed to be the first to focus on transgender children living as their identified gender in all aspects of their lives, finds that those children's gender identity is deeply rooted.

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Media: Need Legal Perspective to Comment on #LDS Press Conference in Utah? Cliff Rosky of @uutah & @sjquinney Available Today. #fairness4all

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Trans Buddy Program to Support LGBT Patients

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Fear of being stigmatized by health care professionals is a barrier for many patients who are members of the LGBT community — it’s one of the most-reported reasons transgender individuals do not go to the doctor. Kale Edmiston and Lauren Mitchell, Ph.D. candidates at Vanderbilt, want to change that. This month the pair, along with a dedicated group of volunteers, will begin serving as advocates for a pilot program called Trans Buddy.

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Expert Available To Discuss 5th Circuit, Georgia Same-Sex Marriage Cases

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VUSM Student Develops Guide on Health Needs of LGBT Patients

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Vanderbilt University Medical School student Kristen Eckstrand, Ph.D., is making a national impact on the way healthcare is delivered to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities. As chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Advisory Committee on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Sex Development, Eckstrand has written a national guide developed to educate the academic medical community about the health needs of patients who are LGBT, gender nonconforming and/or born with differences in sex development (DSD).

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Heterosexuals Have Egalitarian Views on Legal Benefits for Same-Sex Couples, Not on PDA

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A new study indicates that heterosexuals have predominately egalitarian views on legal benefits for — but not public displays of affection (PDA) by — same-sex couples.

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New LGBT Training Incorporated Into Medical School Curriculum

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The University of Louisville School of Medicine will serve as the nation’s pilot site for training future physicians on the unique health care concerns and issues encountered by people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming or born with differences of sex development.

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LifeBridge Health Hospitals Named 2014 Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality

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Sinai and Northwest hospitals are recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as leaders with the equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and employees.

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Penn Medicine Hospitals Named “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by Human Rights Campaign

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All four hospitals in the University of Pennsylvania Health System, including the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, and Chester County Hospital were listed today as a 2014 LGBT Healthcare Equality Leader from Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Named Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality

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Today Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) was recognized as a ‘Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality’ by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation in its 2014 Healthcare Equality Index. The annual survey encourages equal care for LGBT Americans, and recognizes health care institutions doing the best work. SCCA earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.