Category Archives: LGBTQ

26 Feb
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WA LGBTQ Caucus Issues Statement Regarding Texas Gov’s Anti-Trans Directive

We, the Washington State Legislature’s LGBTQ Caucus, stand with the Trans youth in Texas and condemn Texas Gov. Abbott’s horrific directive to investigate gender-affirming care for trans youth. Trans, gender-diverse, and gender non-binary folks are nearly 12 times more likely ...

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18 Feb
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Crosscut: WA proposed budget funds stipends to attract low-income board members

$50,000 is allocated for constituents to help shape boards and commissions with their lived experiences. Drayton Jackson was homeless for two decades, living in shelters in New York City and, later, Washington state. Over the years, he compiled notes on ...

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10 Feb
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Whitman County Gazette: Police restraint gets clarification in House bill

OLYMPIA – Those suffering mental health issues and juveniles could be restrained by law enforcement responding to crises. That is the thrust of House Bill 1735, which passed the state House with a 90-5 vote and is now under consideration ...

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25 Mar
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Liias’ Gender Affirming Treatment Act wins House approval

OLYMPIA – A bill that would require health insurers to cover medically necessary gender affirming treatment in their health plans was approved by the House on Wednesday. SB 5313, also known as the Gender Affirming Treatment Act and is sponsored ...

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26 Feb
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Liias bill to improve health equity and access for transgender people wins Senate approval

SB 5313, also known as the Gender Affirming Treatment Act and is sponsored by State Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood), would prohibit health insurers from denying or limiting coverage for gender affirming treatment that is consistent with a protected gender expression or identity, ...

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15 Dec
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Letter from LGBTQ Caucus to State Health Care Authority requesting open access to HIV treatments for Medicaid patients

Virginia Buccola, Chair Washington State Pharmacy and Therapeutic Committee and Drug Utilization Review Board Washington State Health Care Authority Re: HIV Policy Dear Ms. Buccola: The undersigned are members of the LGBTQ caucus of the Washington State Legislature. We are ...

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05 Mar
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Governor approves ban on ‘panic defense’ in LGBTQ assault cases

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law today a bill that will prevent defendants from citing a victim’s gender identity or sexual orientation — the so-called “panic defense” — to justify a violent assault. House Bill 1687 was introduced ...

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29 Feb
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LGBTQ Caucus supports gender-nonbinary option for state IDs

The members of the Washington State Legislative LGBTQ caucus wrote the following letter in support of the rule change: As members of the Washington State Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, we write regarding your proposed rule change to allow Washington residents to ...

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24 May
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Governor signs bill creating commission on LGBTQ inequities

The state’s newly created state LGBTQ Commission will meet Saturday with stakeholders to discuss the commission’s initial steps, Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn) said today. Wilson’s Senate Bill 5356 was signed into law earlier this month by Gov. Jay Inslee, establishing ...

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23 Apr
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Legislature passes Wilson bill creating commission on LGBTQ inequities

Legislation to establish a state commission to identify concerns specific to LGBTQ individuals and apply those concerns to inform practices and policies at state agencies is on its way to the governor to be signed into law. “Our state constitution ...

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