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Their Baby Was Denied Access to Care Because They Are Gay
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Their Baby Was Denied Access to Care Because They Are Gay

LGBT couple Krista and Jami Contreras discuss what happened when they took their infant daughter to the pediatrician for the first time.

Roughly 30 states still lack clear laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, Americans from discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Nationally, there remains no explicit federal law that prohibits LGBT Americans from being fired; being refused service; or, incredibly, even being denied access to medical care. Krista and Jami Contreras of Detroit talk about what happened to their then-6-day-old daughter, Bay, when they took her to meet her pediatrician for the first time.

Andrew Satter is the Director of Video at the Center for American Progress. Sarah McBride is a Research Associate for LGBT Progress at the Center.

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Andrew Satter

Senior Director, Video

Sarah McBride

Campaigns and Communications Manager

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