Tag Archives: Health

Heartland Regional Health Equity Council Member!

For a term of three years (2018-2021), I’ve been voted to serve with some of the Heartland’s key health stakeholders throughout the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region-VII district as a member of the Heartland Regional Health Equity Council (RHEC-VII). The mission of the Council is to increase collective leadership actions to promote […]

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 […]

Queering Healthcare at 2016 Creating Change

It is a great privilege as an LGBT advocate to be accepted by the National LGBTQ Task Force for our proposal on ‘Queering Health care in the Heartland – A Roadmap for Creating LGBT Welcoming Health Spaces in Missouri’  during the 2016 Creating Change conference.  Our presentation was 1 of 945 proposals vying for a […]

A New Era of LGBT Health Protections

Originally published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch Over the past several months, advances in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health have ushered in a new era of change, thanks to the Obama Administration. In Healthy People 2020, a blueprint for improving the health of the Nation over the next decade, the Administration acknowledged […]

Missouri Marriage Licenses Recognized by Social Security Administration

By: Andrew Shaughnessy Originally posted on PROMOOnline.org Last week, the Social Security Administration (SSA) confirmed that the agency is directing all Missouri offices to recognize valid Missouri marriage licenses from same-sex couples as proof of documentation for name changes. Guidance issued by the SSA clarifies that all same-sex couples, including those who received a valid […]