India’s Transgender Law Big Win for Transgender Community, No Help to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Community
In a landmark judgment by India’s supreme court on Tuesday, transgender people were granted the status of a “third gender” category. The court also directed the central and state governments to take the necessary steps to allow for equal status by ensuring adequate healthcare, education and employment as well as separate public toilets and numerous other safeguards against discrimination. Ash Kotak’s article can be found in this month’s The Guardian.
While the ruling is in line with the Indian constitution, the verdict does not apply to sexuality. In fact, it contradicts a judgment that was made in December, by a different bench of the supreme court, which then upheld the controversial section 377 of the Indian penal code criminalizing “sex against the order of nature,” which is interpreted as gay sex. According to Section 377, a 153-year-old colonial-era law, a same-sex relationship is an “unnatural offence” and punishable by a 10-year jail term.>>Read More<<
The Affordable Care Act and the LGBT Community
Plans purchased through the Marketplace cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. You cannot be charged a higher premium just because you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Plans purchased through the Marketplace cannot deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions, including HIV/AIDS, cancer, or mental health diagnoses. Also, if you are a legally married same-sex couple, you must be treated equally for financial assistance when purchasing coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace, regardless of where you live.
For more information, visit healthcare.gov.
PPC Community Outreach & Education
Pasadena Pride Center participated in the Chris Holden Annual Block Party on July 26, 2014.
It was an opportunity for attendees to meet Assemblymember Chris Holden and visit with state agencies, cities, PPC and other community non-profits.
Dine Out for Pride and Support the Pasadena Pride Center