Tag Archives: Community

The Reality of Being a Gay Patient in Missouri

By: Andrew Shaughnessy @AndrewShag It’s hard to describe what it feels like to be admitted into a hospital as a gay man in Missouri. As an advocate for the community, I understand my legal rights and am equipped with the tools I need when I walk into a hospital. Though as a patient, a ‘normal’ […]

What are Missouri Health Advocates Doing for Transgender Health?

Originally posted by PROMOonline.org By: Andrew Shaughnessy http://promoonline.org/news/what-is-promo-doing-for-transgender-health.html As an advocate, I am often times asked questions about the work that I do.  At the 2014 Transgender Spectrum Conference on the campus of the University of Missouri – St. Louis I was asked, “What are we doing for transgender health in Missouri?”  With a smile, I […]

Two Major Healthcare Systems in Missouri Extend LGBT Welcoming Policies and Benefits

Originally posted by Springfield, MO News-Leader By: Thomas Gounley, News-Leader By the end of this spring, the two largest employers in the Springfield metropolitan area — with more than 16,000 employees locally — will have extended benefits to same-sex spouses. Legally-married same-sex couples have been able to enroll for benefits at Springfield-based nonprofit health system […]

Sparking Interest from Rural Missouri Hospitals on LGBT Health

By: Andrew Shaughnessy @AndrewShag Upon concluding the review process for our Mid-Missouri and Southeast Missouri Hospitals, health advocates were faced with the challenge of sparking interest among rural hospital officials on a review of their LGBT welcoming policies. Knowing the formula for sparking interest among urban hospitals, we knew that rural outreach would be considerably […]

States Rolling Back LGBT Local Protections Should Be Ashamed!

By: Andrew Shaughnessy @AndrewShag Several State legislatures are taking aim at local LGBT nondiscrimination protections this legislative session. Texas, Arkansas, West Virginia, etc. have all introduced (some have passed!) legislation that would roll back local ordinances within a State that protects LGBT people from discrimination. Ultimately, banning localities from passing nondiscrimination protections for its local LGBT citizens. Missouri […]