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  1. by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) debuted health care legislation on June 20 that would provide free PrEP medication to everyone with health insurance. Harris is a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. According to Harris's office, one million Americans could benefit from access to PrEP, but only 7% of them currently have a prescription. Truvada, the drug commonly prescribed for PrEP, costs $20,000 per year, Harris's office estimates, putting it out of reach for people without good health care insurance. PrEP has been found to reduce the risk of contracting HIV by up to 92% for those who take it on a daily basis. Harris's plan would require insurance companies to make PrEP medications available without copays - in other words, free - to policy holders. 'For too many in our country, lack of insurance coverage and exorbitant costs have put PrEP out of r
  2. OAKLAND, Calif. (June 20, 2019) - This week Transgender Law Center (TLC) and partner organizations announced plans to mobilize in El Paso, Texas, and hold a National Day of Action on June 25th to hold the government accountable for the deaths of Black and brown trans women. 'On the first day of Pride, a trans migrant named Johana Medina Leon died alone in a hospital after weeks of begging ICE for medical care while she was in immigration detention. Just a few days later, a Black trans woman named Layleen Polanco died at Rikers Island prison,' said Kris Hayashi, executive director of TLC, underscoring the urgency of this moment for trans communities. 'When the government actively cages and kills us, it is telling the country to target us, too.' At least eleven Black trans women have been murdered this year, including Layleen, who died in custody because she couldn't afford $500 bail. Organizers of the Day of Action emphasize that #StonewallIsNow and
  3. WASHINGTON, DC (June 19, 2019) - Following today's vote to confirm Matthew Kacsmaryk to a seat on the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, AFJ President Nan Aron released the following statement: 'Matthew Kacsmaryk's confirmation is going to cause suffering to millions of people in Texas, including many vulnerable individuals. Kacsmaryk harbors strong hostility to LGBTQ people and to women's rights. Now, not only will he have the opportunity to curtail equal rights for millions within these communities but individual women and LGBTQ people who come into his courtroom seeking justice will have to face a judge who has expressed contempt for them. As a judge, Matthew Kacsmaryk is going to ruin lives, and there is no way to minimize that very sad fact.' Alliance for Justice believes that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their liv
  4. NEW YORK (June 19, 2019) - GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today formally submitted a comment to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) calling on the Trump administration to drop its proposed rule that could eliminate health care access for transgender Americans across the country. Previously, the administration announced [it] would no longer consider gender identity as a protection under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which guaranteed any American the right to health insurance without any form of discrimination. Currently, federal law requires HHS to hold a 60-day public comment period [https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=HHS-OCR-2019-0007 ] directed toward the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) prior to the policy's implementation. GLAAD urges all LGBTQ Americans and allies to take a stand and urge the Trump administration to reverse course on [its] attack on transgender Americans. GLAAD's formal commen
  5. Nova Project High School students raised the Trans Flag and Philly Pride Flag to recognize the origins of the LGBTQ+ movement at its 2nd Annual Pride Flag Raising Ceremony on Thursday, June 6th. Nova Project is an alternative Seattle Public High School committed to social justice (https://novahs.seattleschools.org/) Nova is considered a 'sanctuary school' for LGBTQ+ students. 80% of Nova students identify as LGBTQ+ and 40% of Nova students identify as trans or non-binary Student remarks: 'Thank you for coming to the Nova Projects 2nd annual Pride Flag Raising, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. This year we have put up the Trans Flag and the Philly Pride flag to recognize the origins of the LGBTQ+ movement, which was started by courageous queer and trans people of color. 'We are celebrating 50 years of Pride, of revolution, and of fighting for our rights. There are many ways to celebrate and get in