Tag Archives: health disparities

LGBT Health and the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act

Yesterday, the Progress and Development committee of the Missouri Senate opened its 2 p.m. hearing with SB 653 or the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA). Through the strong leadership of Senator Joseph Keaveny, we were thrilled to have an early hearing on this important bill. Please, find below the testimony that I had given on behalf […]

2014 Missouri Ranked #6 in the Nation on Hospital leaders in LGBT Healthcare

Originally posted on PROMOonline.org By: Andrew Shaughnessy, Manager of Public Policy 2014 had proven to be a monumental year for LGBT Missourians. Those monumental steps have been the recognition of out-of-state marriages by the State of Missouri, and the leadership of nearly 19 Missouri hospitals, who have been designated as “Leaders of LGBT Healthcare” by […]

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’ […]

HIV Transmission -> What We Know and Why Missouri Is Getting It Wrong

Originally posted on LGBT Health Link By: Andrew Shaughnessy http://blog.lgbthealthlink.org/2015/04/14/hiv-transmission-what-we-know-why-states-are-getting-it-wrong/ AIDS.gov states that certain body fluids from an HIV-positive person can transmit HIV. The body fluids mentioned are: Blood Semen (cum) Pre-seminal fluid (pre-cum) Recital fluids Vaginal fluids Breast milk Nowhere on this list does it mention saliva. Missouri laws criminalizes behaviors that the CDC regards […]

Missouri LGBT Health By The Numbers!

Originally posted by PROMOonline.org Infogram created by Katie Stuckenschneider Missouri LGBT Health By the Numbers! For the past two years advocates have been working with hospitals in Missouri to update their policies to be inclusive of the LGBT community. 91 Hospitals – Protect their LGB Patients 71 Hospitals – Protect their LGB Employees 52 Hospitals – Protect their Trans […]