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Our LGBT loved ones have unique health needs, yet do not have equal access to quality healthcare to address these specific needs. Often they face financial, personal and cultural barriers when attempting to access healthcare. Lack of access is caused by the lack of culturally competent providers, the lack of financial resources to obtain appropriate care, and the fear of disclosing one’s sexual orientation or gender identity.


These problems are compounded because many of our loved ones may be at higher risk of certain forms of cancers, along with stress-related mental health problems and substance abuse due to our culture’s pervasive homophobia and transphobia.


Federal Legislation


Repeal Existing Policies that Encourage and Allow Legal HIV Discrimination Act of 2015


Bill Number

The bill was introduced to the House as H.R. 1586 by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) on March 24, 2015. As of publication, this bill has 4 cosponsors.

What this Bill Will Do

The REPEAL HIV Act would modernize laws, and eliminate discrimination, with respect to people living with HIV/AIDS.


What You Need to Ask For

Urge your representatives and senators to support and cosponsor this bill, as it will review current laws to make sure that they do not discriminate based on a person’s HIV/AIDS status. Thank your representatives and senators that have already cosponsored the REPEAL HIV Act.

PFLAG Talking Points

  • This bill does not remove existing laws. This does not remove the laws that exist to prosecute people who engage in the practice to intentionally transmit HIV, it is only a review of those aforementioned laws and policies.


  • This will be a transparent process. The review would be headed by the Attorney General, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Secretary of Defense and all of the results must be shared with Congress and made publicly available.


  • We need clear and accurate policies on this issue. This would result in clearer, more accurate policies that would remove any discrimination that people with HIV/AIDS face from the government.

Important Notes

  • As of this publication, this bill has 45 cosponsors in the House.


  • This bill was referred to the House Subcommittee on Military Personnel and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.


Stop AIDS in Prison Act

Bill Number

This bill was introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) as H.R.768 on February 12, 2015. This bill currently has 32 cosponsors.


What this Bill Will Do

This bill directs the Bureau of Prisons to create comprehensive policy to provide testing, treatment, and prevention of HIV to federal prison inmates. It also requires the bureau to report on their efforts to minimize diseases transmitted through sexual activity and intravenous drug use as well as the effectiveness of those efforts.


What You Need to Ask For

Ask your representatives to support and cosponsor this bill if they have not yet done so, especially if they are part of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.


PFLAG Talking Points

  • LGBTQ people are especially vulnerable to HIV and other STIs due to lack of inclusive preventative education. This bill provides LGBTQ inmates with preventative education and provides them with treatment and testing for HIV.


  • Federal prisons should be motivated to preserve the health of their inmates. Since this bill requires the Bureau of Prisons to report on the success rate of their testing, treatment, and prevention programs, federal prisons will have extra incentive to fulfill the legislation’s requirements.


  • All inmates are human beings with autonomy. This bill gives inmates the right to choose whether or not to be tested, minimizing the risk of potential abuse of authority.


LGBT Elder Americans Act of 2015

Bill Number

This bill was reintroduced in the Senate by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) as S.1765 on July 14, 2015. As of publication, it has 2 cosponsors.

What this Bill Will Do

This bill will amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to designate LGBT older adults as a population with "greatest social need," permanently establish the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and require the research and collection of data on LGBT elders. The bill would also require the Assistant Secretary for Aging to report on the number of LGBT individuals reached through activities carried out under the act and the effectiveness of those activities in reaching LGBT older adults.

What You Need to Ask For

Urge your senators and representatives to cosponsor this bill if they have not done so already, especially if they are on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

PFLAG Talking Points

  • LGBTQ elders need our support. If this bill were to pass, the amendment would create better practices and protections for people in the elderly community.

  • LGBTQ elders need services. The community of LGBTQ elders, a group that has typically been a more vulnerable population, will be receiving services that will be better suited to their needs.

  • We need accurate information about the current state of the LGBTQ elder community. The research, data, and reports that would be implemented as a result of this bill will allow service providers to better address the needs the LGBTQ elderly population.

Important Notes

  • As of publication, this bill has 2 cosponsors.

  • The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.


Administrative Work

Department of Health and Human Services

In coalition with a number of national LGBT organizations, PFLAG continues to advocate for the Department of Health and Human Services to include questions and data collection pertinent to the LGBT community as part of the duties of the National Center for Health Statistics. Where legal, questions about the sexual orientation and gender identity of respondents should be included, and where appropriate, questions on surveys that focus on behaviors, should be inclusive so that federal programs and services can better meet and respond to the specific needs of our loved ones.


Training Programs

Straight for Equality in Healthcare

Straight for Equality is a national outreach and education project created by PFLAG National to empower allies in supporting and advocating for LGBT people and their families by educating community members and engaging allies to move equality forward.


The goal of the Straight for Equality in Healthcare program is to help healthcare providers in all healthcare fields locate information about what it means to be an ally in healthcare, to provide resources about the specific healthcare concerns/needs of the LGBT community, and to provide ways that providers can better support LGBT people who are accessing healthcare services. Learn more about Straight for Equality in Healthcare here.



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