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How the Affordable Care Act Can Help Same-Sex Couples

Rally in support of health insurance for the partners of gay employeesAs we continue to implement key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, we should ensure that the law helps same-sex couples and their families get the insurance coverage and health care that they need.

By Andrew Cray and Kellan Baker | Friday, April 26, 2013

Public-Health Advocates Should Support the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act

Sen.Tom Cobun (R-OK)The HIV Organ Policy Equity, or HOPE, Act represents a positive step forward for sensible HIV and health policy by removing outdated barriers to common-sense procedures for the donation of life-saving organs.

By Andrew Cray | Monday, March 11, 2013

Every State Can Implement Transgender-Inclusive Health Coverage

Transgender attorney Sara SchnorrA case study of the Oregon Insurance Division shows how statutes already on the books in every state give state policymakers the authority to end antitransgender discrimination in health insurance.

By Andrew Cray | Friday, February 15, 2013

Infographic: Money Pit Politics: Spending to Defend the Indefensible

Instead of House Republicans spending $3 million defending the Defense of Marriage Act, there are a number of better areas in which the money could be spent.

By Andrew Cray and Crosby Burns | Friday, January 25, 2013

ID Accurately Reflecting One’s Gender Identity Is a Human Right

Passport article icon Issue Brief It is essential that all people—transgender or not—be given access to official documents that accurately reflect each individual’s gender identity and that respect the rights belonging to each of us as humans.

By Andrew Cray and Jack Harrison | Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Caught in the Budget Battle

The Capitol Building book_alt2 icon Report With the current fiscal showdown and sequestration looming, gay and transgender Americans may be caught in the middle of budget cuts and tax hikes unless we work together to minimize the harm to this group of Americans.

By Andrew Cray, Crosby Burns, and Erin Fitzgerald | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ensuring Benefits Parity and Gender Identity Nondiscrimination in Essential Health Benefits

An explanation of benefits form article icon Issue Brief Transgender Americans and other underserved populations must be taken into account when states formulate their essential health benefits standards.

By Kellan Baker and Andrew Cray | Thursday, November 15, 2012

FAQ: Collecting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data

Form article icon Issue Brief Better data collection will help policymakers and advocates better understand and address health disparities affecting the LGBT community.

By Kellan Baker and Andrew Cray | Tuesday, October 16, 2012

FAQ: Health Insurance Needs for Transgender Americans

A transgender person in a therapy session article icon Issue Brief Transgender health issues and the obstacles that transgender people face in accessing insurance coverage for even the most basic health care needs are widespread and must be addressed.

By Andrew Cray and Kellan Baker | Wednesday, October 3, 2012

After Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Soldiers in uniform march during a gay pride parade article icon Issue Brief Last year’s repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was a significant step forward for equality in the U.S. military, but change is needed to ensure gay and transgender veterans receive the heath care they deserve.

By Andrew Cray | Friday, September 28, 2012

Discriminatory Donor Policies Substitute Stereotypes for Science

blood donorsDonation limitations for men who have sex with men promote homophobic attitudes and inaccurate assumptions about gay men that prevent progress in the development of evidence-based policies and standards.

By Andrew Cray | Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Andrew Cray

Andrew Cray—LGBT health advocate and beloved member of the American Progress family—passed away on August 28, 2014, after a battle with cancer. In his 28 years, Andrew was a champion of social justice who secured numerous policy changes that help make our communities safer and healthier for LGBT people. The White House honored Andrew posthumously […]

Thursday, September 6, 2012