NYC Launches First-Ever LGBTQ Health Care Bill Of Rights, Program To Be Supported With Transit Ads

Via press release:

To kick-off Pride Month, the de Blasio Administration today published and distributed New York City’s first-ever LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights, which details health care protections on local, state and federal levels to empower LGBTQ New Yorkers to get the health care they deserve. It also reiterates that medical providers and their support staff are legally required to offer LGBTQ New Yorkers quality care regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The bill of rights will be distributed on posters and wallet cards at clinics and health centers across the city.

The Health Department also launched a new, citywide sexual health awareness campaign, “Bare It All.” The provocative and groundbreaking campaign emboldens LGBTQ New Yorkers to talk openly with their doctors about their sex lives, drug use and any issues that affect their health. It also encourages New Yorkers to find a health care provider who allows patients to share details of their lives without judgment. The campaign will appear on the subway, MTA bus stands and online in both English and Spanish.

“Pride Month is not only a time to celebrate how far we have come, but also decide how we are going to move forward together,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “New York City has long been a leader in the fight for LGBTQ equality, and these ads are further evidence of the City’s unwavering commitment to ensuring all New Yorkers have access to quality, affordable and judgment-free healthcare regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. We have no tolerance for discrimination, and are proud to stand with the LGBTQ community because we know the fight is far from over.”

“The LGBTQ Health Care Bill Of Rights is a groundbreaking effort, essential to understanding and eliminating health disparities for individuals who live at the intersection of many cultural backgrounds and experience stigma at every corner. Our LGBTQ New Yorkers have diverse health needs and they should not be discriminated against or overlooked,” says First Lady of NYC Chirlane McCray, who leads the city’s mental health efforts. “The Bare It All campaign is refreshing and shamelessly unapologetic – totally in tune with New Yorkers who will not be silenced.”