Are you Out2Enroll?

Today is National Coming Out Day, a complicated event that inspires many and worries others who find the narrative constricting or shaming. But, whatever your feelings about the standard coming out narrative, there’s another way to celebrate today: are you Out2Enroll?

The Sellers Dorsey Foundation, the Center for American Progress, and the Federal Agencies Project have come together to create an intuitive informational portal about Obamacare for queer and trans people. The website functions both to spread the word about the Affordable Care Act and help visitors find the best insurance options for their needs. Why is it important for LGBTQ people to be covered? The site explains:

Many of us in the LGBT community have long been left out when it comes to health insurance. It has been too hard to find coverage that treats our families fairly, that covers the care we need, and that doesn’t break the bank.

And our health suffers as a result. Our community continues to face significant disparities such as higher rates of tobacco use, abuse and violence, mental and behavioral health issues, and HIV infection.

That’s where Obamacare comes in. For the first time, there are new affordable options, protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and coverage even if you have a preexisting medical condition. The law may not be perfect – but this is an unprecedented opportunity for our community. And getting covered is the first step. We’re glad you’re Out2Enroll!

Check out the website here, as well as the awesome, GIF-rich companion blog.

 

 

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Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a national legal education campaign against campus gender-based violence. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. Through Know Your IX, she has organized with students across the country to build campuses free from discrimination and violence, developed federal policy on Title IX enforcement, and has testified at the Senate. At Yale Law, Alexandra focuses on antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Alexandra is committed to developing and strengthening responses to gender-based violence outside the criminal justice system through writing, organizing, and the law. Keep an eye out for The Feminist Utopia Project, co-edited by Alexandra and forthcoming from the Feminist Press (2015).

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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