PFLAG National Policy Matters April 22, 2016

PFLAG National Policy Matters

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On April 27th, PFLAG National is partnering with the True Colors Fund for #40toNoneDay, a national day to raise public awareness about LGBTQ youth homelessness. Approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ, yet LGBTQ young people make up less than 7% of the general youth population. The goal is to ultimately reduce the disproportionate percentage from 40% to none.

We’d love to have you and your chapters join us as we elevate the message. Here are a few ways to participate:

PFLAGers know the power they have when they work together. Let’s put that power to work for our vulnerable homeless LGBTQ youth.

Media Matters

Target retail chain reiterates support for trans people’s bathroom use to reflect their gender identity. “Inclusivity is a core belief at Target,” the company’s statement posted on its website on April 19th to support transgender people’s use of its restrooms according to their gender identity.

ESPN fires sports analyst for posting anti-trans comments. Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling, who was a commentator on ESPN, was fired on April 20th for making disrespectful comments via social media regarding transgender people’s bathroom access. “ESPN is an inclusive company,” ESPN said in a statement. “Curt Schilling has been advised that his conduct was unacceptable and his employment with ESPN has been terminated.”

Court Matters

U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of trans access under Title IX. On April 19th, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals became the first appeals court to rule that schools that receive federal funds must allow trans students to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. The ruling affirmed a U.S. Department of Education policy following the federal education law, Title IX, and is binding in the jurisdiction of all federal courts in the Fourth Circuit — in North Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

Federal Judge rules Mississippi same-sex adoption ban unconstitutional . On March 31st, U.S. District Court Judge Daniel P. Jordan III halted enforcement of the state’s ban on same-sex couples adopting children. In his ruling he referenced SCOTUS’s June 26th, 2015 decision, citing the adoption ban as violating the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Federal Matters

President Obama says NC bathroom law should be overturned. Pres. Obama said that laws that limit anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people are wrong should be overturned. At a news conference in London, he cited the NC and Mississippi state laws and others targeting LGBT people.

U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) reached Title IX settlement with Erie Community College in Buffalo, NY. Announced on March 15th, the settlement was to resolve Title IX issues of women’s access to athletic opportunities at the institution.

New federal actions to address HIV in the transgender community. Announced on April 13th, The Centerrs for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA) and the White House Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) used scientific and anecdotal evidence gathered in a series of meetings with trans community members and announced new activities underway.

NASTAD, Greater than AIDS and Emory University create national city and state PrEP-friendly providers directory. This new community-sourced PrEP-friendly provider directory driven by The National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) offers PrEP-friendly providers in all 50 states. On January 27th, 2015, PFLAG’s Board of Directors adopted its policy statement on Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

State Matters

District of Columbia DC Council unanimously passes nation’s first suicide prevention bill . Passed on April 5th,Bill 21-361 requires that the city’s public schools adopt suicide prevention policies that specifically address the needs of LGBTQ youth and that the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education develop and publish a model suicide prevention, intervention policy and develop research-based school climate surveys related to the potential causes of youth suicide.

North Carolina – The state legislature enters its regular session on April 25th. Stay tuned to PFLAG media channels on the strong continuing action by PFLAGers in NC to repeal HB2.

Tennessee HB 2414, the anti-transgender bathroom access bill, is dead for the year’s legislative session. The law that would require transgender students in K-12 public schools to use bathrooms according to their sex at birth was pulled by its sponsor on April 18th. After celebrating briefly, PFLAG Tennesseans and their coalition partners sharpened their focus on defeating the so-called Counseling Discrimination bill.

Global Matters

Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry holds special press briefing on April 20th, highlighting the new position’s first-year achievements . Marking his position’s first anniversary, Randy Berry was a special presenter at the daily State Department media briefing to discuss his team’s global accomplishments and future outlook on the topic of global human rights for LGBTI people.

Uganda Advocacy group report indicates increased persecution. A report released on April 22nd indicates persecution based on sexual orientation and gender identity increased after the country’s president signed an anti-gay law in 2014. The Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) report documents 264 “verified cases of human rights abuses against LGBTI Ugandans” between May 2014 and December 2015.

Dear Policy Matters

Dear Policy Matters:

My PFLAG chapter is concerned about data collection initiatives and methods because without data, it’s hard to document patterns of discrimination. Do you have information about LGBTQ data collection and how it is done?


Data Hungry PFLAGer

Dear DHP:

We agree with you that data collection is critical, and happy that we can share with you a new report titled “How to Collect Data on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” (SOGI) from The Center for American Progress , which talks about why data collection matters and how it’s done. PFLAG National is part of several national coalitions focused on data collection both in the areas of health (especially to document disparities disproportionately affecting LGBTQ people) and education (to address barriers to equal access to safe and equitable treatment at schools).

The report includes two key components about data collection, namely, types of SOGI data and four types of data collection systems:

Types of SOGI data

The kinds of data that are specifically relevant to the experiences of LGBT people may include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexual orientation identity
  • Sexual behavior
  • Sexual attraction
  • Gender identity
  • Sex assigned at birth
  • Gender expression
  • Transgender status
  • Relationship status
  • Preferred name
  • Gender pronoun

There are at least four broad types of data collection systems in which it is important to include SOGI data:

  1. Population surveys
  2. Research
  3. Administrative and programmatic data, such as intake forms and applications
  4. Clinical records

To get involved in your city or state:

To view questions that are current models question to include on the topics of self-identification, sexual behavior, sexual attraction and the two-part question to determine transgender status and gender expression, gender identity currently used same questions used in LGBT surveys, see pages 4-6, and 8-10 in the CAP report’s fact sheet , and always feel invited to call PFLAG National for direct support and discussion to make sure you use the best research intelligence available.

If you are approached by someone gathering sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression information for a survey, feel free to reach out to PFLAG National, and we’ll gladly help you evaluate its validity. Even if you do not reach out to us, be sure to know in writing:

Stay tuned to PFLAG media and other channels as we advance the quality and quantity of data regarding LGBTQ people, including our youth.

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