We've seen a lot of changes in gay marriage in the U.S. recently, both in law and in culture. Here's another, more fundamental, place where rules and attitudes seem to be changing. Gay-rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign published its annual analysis of American healthcare facilities last week and found that a greater number than ever have top-notch policies in place to protect gay patients and employees.
Last year, the campaign found only 71 hospitals or hospital groups—which represent several facilities—had strong non-discrimination policies in place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and employees. This year, 212 groups had strong policies, out of 309 groups that responded to the campaign's survey. (Last year, 122 groups responded to the survey.)
There aren't really comprehensive nationwide studies of the health of different LGBT groups—the Institute of Medicine is working on it—but some preliminary evidence suggests non-heterosexual people get certain diseases more often and are less likely to get certain screening tests. Many LGBT people also feel they don't receive equal treatment from doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers. In a 2010 survey, 9 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual people and 52 percent of transgender people said they believed some would refuse them medical care because of their sexuality. Explicit non-discrimination policies could help make LGBT people more comfortable seeking health care and reduce disparities in their health.
To get a top rating from the Human Rights Campaign, a health care facility has to: have a written non-discrimination policy for patients and employees that addresses both "sexual orientation" and "gender identity"; guarantee equal visitation rights for LGBT patients; and train its staff to care for LGBT patients. The campaign asks facilities for documents to prove they have and publicize their LGBT policies. The advocacy group also provides free staff training in LGBT issues, although facilities still get credit if they choose to get training from another company instead.
One of the biggest shifts this year is that many more facilities were willing to participate in the Human Rights Campaign's survey at all. For the first time since the campaign began doing this survey in 2007, at least one facility responded from every American state. A large majority of U.S. Veterans Health Administration facilities participated in the survey this year. Last year, only one veterans' health center responded. Among the veterans' centers that replied, 76 percent of those were rated tops.
Many more facilities also added gender identity to their discrimination policies this year. Eighty-seven percent of facilities that took the survey had transgender-protective patient policies. That's still less than the number that have sexual orientation-protective patient policies, 93 percent.
Here's a disease "non-heterosexuals" get more often: HIV/AIDs, about 10 times more frequently than heterosexuals.
Unfortunately, we will not be a truly egalitarian country until we have specific policies in place to protect a host of other groups, for example:
Dwarfs and Little People
...to name a few.
Or we could just stick with the Bill of Rights and that quaint phrase, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal...." Maybe that's too simple for some people.
I cant figure out what your position is but re AIDS , just go check the CDC center website
You'll find that poor women with multiple partners have virtually the same level of AIDS as gay people
And it should be obvious that women in particular are most at risk from aids from their str8 male partners.
The very premise if identifying, classifying is segregation and being raciest by default and maintains the raciest attitude, supported by those who are raciest as well as lawyers and Politian’s making money and power of the classification and division of people.
Once you start receiving some benefit by being classified and accept this benefit, you have just been tempted to become a raciest yourself, supporting the raciest system and state of mind.
Hello, we are all human, we are one people. Stop this divisional classification system at the source.
We are human!
Like Gays were ever not treated in Hospitals the same as everyone else. There would be lawsuit after lawsuit if anyone was denied medical treatment for anything even remotely like this. I hope they find a cure for "gay" and treat it in hospitals soon. Seeing how its now a epigenetic problem and not a real DNA based medical abnormality. Who knew, a child could come out of the womb one gender but be attracted to the same gender? "Ohhh, He's got the Gay". Let's fix this as it sort of goes against natures intended plan of having two opposite sets of reproductive organs making babies. Just so unnatural and weird no? I do pitty these poor gay people. What an f'd up way to have to go through life. My heart goes out to them. I would throw myself in front of train if I had this problem. I wouldn't know how to cope. Thank god they can't pass it on to the rest of us through procreation or viral infection. Truly horrific medical issue. Let's give these people some help!!
"Do not try and bend the spoon. That is impossible. Only try and realize the truth - there is no spoon."