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From the desk of ... Sophia Serrao

We Must Promote Gender-Inclusive Reproductive Health Care

July 2, 2020 | Reproductive Rights | Health Care

Reproductive rights and reproductive health services historically center around cisgender women — but these services are also needed by transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals as well. Access to quality health care has long been out of reach for many LGBTQ people due to medical bias and discrimination.

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Serena Zets

From the desk of ... Serena Zets

Coming Out, Chosen Family and Celebrating Pride

June 29, 2020 | Other | Racial Equity

When I came out as queer, as a freshman in high school, I did not understand how diverse, complex, and historical the LGBTQ+ community was. I came out in the months in which Obergefell v. Hodges was argued in front of the Supreme Court, and LGBTQ+ equality was becoming a mainstream discussion in the United States.

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Paula Molina Acosta

From the desk of ... Paula Molina Acosta

What Is an LGBTQ Issue?

June 26, 2020 | Other | Economic Justice

Last week, the United States celebrated a massive victory for LGBTQ people: a Supreme Court decision that determined LGBTQ people are protected under federal law against employment discrimination. Before the ruling, seventeen states had no laws against employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation, and eleven states had laws that only partially protected some employees. The court’s decision marks such a sweeping victory that it rivals same-sex marriage legalization in the benefit it will have to LGBTQ people in the United States.

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Ndome Essoka

From the desk of ... Ndome Essoka

Juneteenth: A Symbolic Day Representing Black Emancipation

June 18, 2020 | Racial Equity

What is Juneteenth and why should you celebrate?

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

#BlackLivesMatter = #DefundThePolice

Earlier this month, the National Partnership participated in #BlackoutTuesday, interrupting our business as usual to amplify other voices instead of our own. We believed it was a good and important thing to do. And we did it with sincerity and humility. In hindsight, we also did it without fully understanding the meaning of our words.

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Paula Molina Acosta

From the desk of ... Paula Molina Acosta

Back to Our Roots: Pride, Protest, and Black History

Co-author(s): Serena Zets

This year’s Pride Month comes at a time of national and global unrest. In April and May, Pride parades, festivals and other celebrations nationwide set for June were cancelled due to COVID-19 social distancing measures.

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Erika Moritsugu

From the desk of ... Erika L. Moritsugu

It’s Past Time to Protect Our Nation's Marginalized Communities

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month presents an opportunity to reflect on the rich history and contributions that my community has made to our country and consider what kind of a world we are creating for future generations

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Erika Moritsugu

From the desk of ... Erika L. Moritsugu

What’s the Wage Gap Really About?

The wage gap is just one of many examples of the burden women of color bear by living in a white supremacist and patriarchal society.

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Repro Health Watch

From Title X to the Coronavirus, the Trump Administration Is Degrading Our Health Care Safety Net

Trump administration actions have degraded the country's health care safety net placing vulnerable communities at risk.

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Carol Sakala

From the desk of ... Carol Sakala

Maternity Care in the United States: We Can – And Must – Do Better

February 27, 2020 | Health Care > Maternity Care

Summary of  new report on maternity care system.

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Blosmeli Leon-Depass

From the desk of ... Blosmeli Leon-Depass

Roe in Real Life: Who Has Access to Safe and Legal Abortions?

Although Roe v. Wade granted the right to access abortions, the reality is that many people, particularly people of color, face barriers that inhibit their ability to exercise this right.

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From the desk of ... Alex Baptiste

Celebrating a Decade of Paid Sick Days Progress, Resolving to Pass a National Policy

These legislative victories are proof the paid sick days movement is gaining significant traction and that the tipping point for a national policy is soon near. Yet even as we celebrate a decade of tremendous progress, today more than 34 million private sector workers cannot earn a single paid sick day. 

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

"Impeachment earthquake"

December 20, 2019 | Other

Quite simply, the Trump administration is the most regressive, heartless, corrupt administration we’ve ever seen. Donald Trump’s views, his priorities, his agenda put everything on the line. Our nation deserves better. You and I deserve better. Our children and our children’s children deserve better.

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Sarah Coombs

From the desk of ... Sarah Coombs

Women’s Week of Action: Shop Smart and #GetCovered

December 9, 2019 | Health Care

As women’s week of action begins this Sunday, December 8th and runs through the final day of the Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment on Sunday, December 15th, we want to remind you to shop smart and get covered. The annual opportunity to enroll in comprehensive coverage gives women and families guaranteed access to health insurance.

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Erika Moritsugu

From the desk of ... Erika L. Moritsugu

This Thanksgiving, Everyone at the Table Needs Access to Paid Leave

Thanksgiving reminds us that, in the fight for paid family and medical leave, we must never lose sight of the diverse family relationships that are at the heart of our work.

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Sarah Coombs

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Moving Backward: Efforts to Strike Down the Affordable Care Act Put Millions of Women and Girls at Risk

November 4, 2019 | Health Care

Efforts to Strike Down the Affordable Care Act Put Millions of Women and Girls at Risk

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Mariah Kitchin

From the desk of ... Mariah Kitchin

This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, We Demand Action to Make our Country Safer for Women and Families

Our laws and policies should protect and provide opportunity to everyone living in our country. We should ensure that women and families can thrive in a safe and healthy environment. This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, celebrate survivors by telling your senators and representative we refuse to wait any longer. 

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Blosmeli Leon-Depass

From the desk of ... Blosmeli Leon-Depass

Latinx Heritage Month: Latinxs Standing in Resistance!

October 16, 2019 | Reproductive Rights

I call on my social justice advocates to continue to uplift Latina-led reproductive justice organizations. Moreover, I call on advocates to recognize the intersection of other social justice issues impacting the reproductive health outcomes of Latinas.

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From the desk of ... Christine Broderick

Paid Leave and Breastfeeding: A Perfect Combination for Mom and Baby

New moms have all heard the advice: “breast is best.” While it’s true that breastfeeding facilitates bonding between mother and child, many new moms know that choosing to breastfeed can come with a host of challenges.

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Debra L. Ness, President

From the desk of ... Debra L. Ness

Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Would Help Provide Dignity, Respect and Workplace Protections to Millions

Domestic workers are undervalued, underpaid and, largely because of institutional racism and sexism, are unprotected by our nation's most basic federal employment laws. Members of Congress now have an opportunity to begin to correct past injustices by supporting and passing the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

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