American Medical Association supports pro-LGBT+ policies

At its most recent meeting, the American Medical Association announced its support for two new pro-LGBT+ policy initiatives. It is now calling for family and medical leave laws to be applied to all families, including families led by LGBT+ people, noting that “a 2016 study from the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry asserted that affirming the chosen family of LGBT individuals in family and medical leave policies improved mental well-being.”

The organization also announced its support for transgender prison housing reform, saying that transgender inmates should be housed in prisons that correspond with their gender identity. In a press release, Patrice A. Harris, M.D., the past President of the AMA, said:“Transgender prisoners are disproportionately the victims of sexual assault, suffering higher rates of sexual assault than general population inmates. The new AMA policy acknowledges that the increased rate of violence largely stems from transgender prisoners being housed based on their birth sex, and not according to their affirmed gender.”

The Human Rights Campaign praised the decisions: “It is heartening that the American Medical Association continues to lead the way in endorsing policies that would improve the health outcomes of LGBTQ Americans. These policies would allow transgender prisoners to be treated with dignity and respect while incarcerated, and help to expand LGBTQ-led families’ access to family and medical leave.”

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