LGBTQ rights

‘Not specified’ gender choice coming to driver licenses

Third option on driver licenses, instruction permits and ID cards available starting July 3

Beginning in July, Oregon residents will have the option to mark their sex as “not specified” on their application for a driver license, instruction permit or identification card.

Reproductive Health Access Problematic for Undocumented, Transgender Population

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners provides a forum for voices who say even in a state known for legal access to reproductive health, many from underserved communities face other access barriers.

Carima Guzman was born in Columbia but lives in Oregon working with Latina survivors of sexual assault. She told the commissioners about the difficulties women without health insurance face navigating the system to get birth control or STI treatment.

Transgender Oregonians Earn Clarity from State, but Health Coverage Still Raising GOP Ire

The Oregon Health Plan began coverage for transgender-specific healthcare services in January, but clearer guidelines were needed to explain the evaluation for eligibility. After a Fox News report criticized the state policy, a Grants Pass Republican has called for a bill to increase the age of medical consent for transgender care.

New guidelines from the Health Evidence Review Commission should ease the process for low-income Oregonians to seek care for medical needs related to their transgender identity, but a renewed critique of the policy from a conservative Republican reiterates how common it remains for the population

Nosse Leads House to Ban Conversion Therapy for Gay Youth

California and New Jersey have banned the practice with legislation, which aims to turn LGBT people straight. The therapy has been widely disavowed by professional organizations as not only ineffective but dangerous but it remains in practice nonetheless.

Oregon positioned itself as a leader in the gay rights movement Tuesday as the Oregon House voted 41-18 to ban discredited conversion therapies for minors.

Basic Rights Oregon Wants Ban on Bogus Conversion Therapies for Minors

California became the first state to ban so-called gay conversion therapies for youth in 2012, and a New Jersey court later barred them from that state, deeming such therapy consumer fraud. As the Oregon Psychological Association testified, the evidence shows that reparative therapies are not only ineffective for gay clients, they are harmful, yet they remain in active practice by certain fringe Christian organizations and counselors.

Paul Southwick testified before the House Health Committee that he had his first dose of gay conversion therapy as a student at George Fox University, after a personal conflict over his attraction to other men led to a panic attack.

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