Insurers in New York Must Cover Gender Reassignment Surgery, Cuomo Says

Now Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is warning insurance companies that they will no longer be allowed to deny gender reassignment surgery or other treatment to change a person’s gender, like hormone therapy, if a doctor has deemed that treatment medically necessary.

In a letter being sent to insurance companies this week, the governor said that because state law requires insurance coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders, people who are found to have a mismatch between their birth sex and their internal sense of gender are entitled to insurance coverage for treatments related to that condition, called gender dysphoria.

“An issuer of a policy that includes coverage for mental health conditions may not exclude coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of gender dysphoria,” the governor’s letter says.

Continue reading at the New York Times.

LGBT Groups Endorse Saturday March Against Police Brutality in D.C.

Dozens of LGBT advocacy organizations have endorsed a planned march against police brutality that is scheduled to take place in D.C. on Saturday. The Human Rights Campaign, the National LGBTQ Task Force, the National Black Justice Coalition, Freedom to Marry, GLAAD, GetEQUAL and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission are among the groups that issued a lengthy statement on Tuesday backing the National Action Network-organized march that is scheduled to begin at Freedom Plaza at noon on Dec. 13. The organizations in their statement specifically cite the grand jury decisions in Staten Island, N.Y., last week and in St. Louis County, Mo., on Nov. 25 not to indict two white police officers who killed two unarmed black men — Eric Garner and Michael Brown — over the summer.

See more at the Washington Blade.

Anti-homosexuality protest in DakarNet Tightening on Gay and Lesbian West Africans

The tipoff late one night wasn’t unexpected. Since the crime of “aggravated homosexuality” had come into force in the Gambia in October, Theresa had been living in fear. Then a friend who worked for the country’s notorious police force warned her she would be targeted in a raid in a few hours’ time. Theresa’s crime was being a lesbian.

“I wasn’t surprised, I was expecting it anyway because the president has said many times he will kill us all like dogs,” she said. “But I was really, really scared. My friend said, if you don’t go now, it will be too late.” By dawn, Theresa was on a bus out of the country with her best friend, Youngesp, both of whom agreed to speak only if their real names were not used. The two have joined a growing number of people whose lives have been upended by anti-gay laws that trample on an already marginalised minority in west Africa.

More from the Guardian.

Black LGBT Religious Leaders Act with Historically Black Churches: “Black Bodies Matter” 

LGBT Black Christians and faith leaders join tens of thousands of historically Black congregations/denominations and allies to wear black to church on Sunday, December 14 in response to police brutality: “Black LGBT bodies must matter, too!”

Read their statement here.

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