Our presentations are finally here! We’re here to spread awareness and educate people on the discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community in healthcare environments.
We’ve been campaigning for change and to help stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act for around 2 months. Discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community in healthcare environments may not happen in front of our eyes, but it does happen. We need to look past our differences and see each other for what we really are – human. According to The Balance “Out of 33 developed countries, 32 have universal healthcare”. The United States does not have universal healthcare, but right now we do have the Affordable Care Act.
The Affordable Care Act plays and extremely big role in trying to prevent discrimination of the LGBTQ+ community in healthcare environments. The Affordable Care Act does not directly say that people of the LGBTQ+ community will not be discriminated against, but it does prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, which can be interpreted as gender identity, or sexual orientation. It also prevents discrimination against a person based on their health status. The Affordable Care Act is the first federal law to protect the LGBTQ+community in healthcare environments, and by repealing this act, people of the LGBTQ+ community are liable to develop many health disparities. People of the LGBTQ+ community are known to not go for treatment because they are afraid of being discriminated against or harassed. We need to make sure this act stays in place, for the sake of the health of those who don’t go for treatment because they don’t want to be discriminated against or harassed.