Monthly Meeting 2024-07-09

July 9, 2024 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Los Amigos Mexican Restaurant
5088 N Blackstone Ave
Terry Stasio

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Katherine Fobear on being counted and Senate Bill 957

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As the saying goes, if you’re not counted, you don’t count.

LGBTQ+ people are more likely to rely on social welfare programs, income assistance, shelter and housing assistance, public health insurance and programs like Medicaid and Medicare, and student assistance and relief.

However, it was only until January 2023, under President Biden’s Executive Order 14075, that federal agencies like Housing & Urban Development, Health and Human Services, and Education collected data on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). Before last year, millions of LGBTQ+ Americans were left out of federal health, housing, and education statistics, ensuring that their needs were not addressed in federal policies.

The California State Auditor recently released a report revealing a lack of progress by the California Department of Public Health to collect SOGI, despite several state laws requiring them to do so.

Without accurate data on LGBTQ+ Californians, it makes it impossible to understand fully how the LGBTQ+ community is impacted by public health disparities and to create comprehensive programs.

Dr. Kat Fobear, an Associate Professor at Fresno State’s Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the founding coordinator of the LGBTQ2+ Studies program, will discuss the need for better collection of federal and state SOGI data. She will also discuss Senate Bill 957, proposed by Senator Scott Wiener, making it mandatory for the California Department of Public Health to collect SOGI data.

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