Project Impact Augusta
Applications for the Fall 2020 Cohort of the ELEVATE and ACTIVATE Fellowships are now open! If you or someone in your network are interested in applying, use the links below.
The Equality Clinic is an interdisciplinary free clinic on the campus of Augusta University and the AU Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia caring for the un- & under-insured members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Central Savannah River Area and beyond.
Equality Clinic is a free clinic for all individuals in the CSRA that do not have insurance or are underinsured (in need of resources that are not covered by an insurance plan) AND make less than 200% of the federal poverty line (see the chart below). We treat all patients that meet the guidelines regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexual identity, or healthcare needs. We provide services just as any other health facility and we strive to ensure that all of our patients receive friendly and competent healthcare with a specific emphasis on providing complete and competent care to the underserved LGBTQ community. In Equality Clinic you will find students from different health professions including Medicine, Nursing, and Physician Assistants that are learning to provide care to all patients. All students are supervised by healthcare professionals and use the experience to further their understanding of LGBTQ needs that they will be able to use later in practice. Equality Clinic is opening on 9/10/2014 and will have clinics on the second Wednesday of every month following. Clinic begins at 6:00 PM and we take walk-in and appointments, but please be mindful that appointments fill up fast and walk-ins are not guaranteed to be seen if you arrive after 7 PM. The clinic is located in the Health Sciences Building on the campus of Georgia Regents University at 987 Saint Sebastian Way (see photos the full address and a map). Please visit our website (www.equalityclinicaugusta.com), email us ([email protected]), or call us at (762) 218-2226 for more information, appointments,ways to get involved, or how you can support our start-up.
Mission: The Equality Clinic seeks to: - Fill gaps in healthcare access for the underserved community of the CSRA by providing welcoming and competent services with an emphasis in LGBTQ healthcare. - Deliver basic primary care services and advances referrals at no charge for low-income, uninsured, or under-insured person in the CSRA of all sexual orientations and gender identities. - Provide gender transition-related medical care for transgender patient under an informed consent model - Create an environment for the interdisciplinary collaboration of health professional students - Build a real-life, practice experience through which future healthcare providers can gain an understand of the needs of LGBTQ patients
Project Impact Augusta
Applications for the Fall 2020 Cohort of the ELEVATE and ACTIVATE Fellowships are now open! If you or someone in your network are interested in applying, use the links below.
Hello friends. A message from some of our Equality Clinic colleagues in LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health/Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Study Team about participation in a research study:
Please consider participating in this study if you qualify and sharing this opportunity with others. Your voice will help researchers and the community better understand the development of gender identity and how it relates to one's sexual orientation and attractions over time. Thank you!
Please note the contact information at the bottom of the flyer if interested.
Check this out!
The official ‘The Future of Trans’ world premiere movie poster! 🙌🏽✨🌈❤️ This is the must-see short doc of the summer 💯.
Premiering Wednesday, June 24, at 5pm PST/6pm CDT/7pm EST. Tell all your friends! Click “GOING” on the FB event link to receive the alert when Imara Jones goes live for #LivesAtStake with The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR. 🎥 🍿
🌹Artist: Lena G Mitchell (She/Her)
🎥 🙌🏽’The Future of Trans’ features Toni-Michelle, Aria Sai’d, Isa Noyola, ALOK, Patricio Manuel, Ms Shea Diamond, Fatima Jamal, and more! ✨❤️ Help us get around the algorithm & use the "invite" feature on the FB event to invite all your friends & spread the word! 🌈
Check out our latest newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/704dc769ef15/translash-34-newsletter-06-22-2020-the-future-of-trans?e=91be9b9174
Equality Clinic's cover photo
As is typical of modern American policy and discourse, we’ve seen both a significant loss and a significant victory for LGBTQIA+ rights over the past few days.
Today, Monday, June 15th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its final ruling that the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 which protects against discrimination in the workplace includes protection for LGBTQIA+ people. This is a huge deal, as our community is now recognized and legally protected on a federal level from any form of discrimination in the workplace. The significance of this cannot be understated as much of our access to economic opportunities, social capital, health care, and more are contingencies of our employment. https://www.npr.org/2020/06/15/863498848/supreme-court-delivers-major-victory-to-lgbtq-employees Read the ruling here:https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/19pdf/17-1618_hfci.pdf
On Friday, June 12th, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services under the Trump Administration issued a final ruling on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (AKA the ACA or Obamacare) which established on a federal level the illegality of discriminating in the delivery of health care services based on “race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs and activities”. In 2016, President Obama directed a ruling which interpreted protections regarding sex as inclusive of “male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female”. The Trump Administration overturned this interpretation and added to its clearly-bigoted list of rules and regulations that define “sex discrimination” as only pertaining to dichotomized biological sex as “male or female”. In a health care system already exclusionary for transgender people, this ruling makes it essentially legal to refuse services or insurance coverage to trans people seeking care related to gender transition. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/06/12/868073068/transgender-health-protections-reversed-by-trump-administration
The Equality Clinic forcefully condemns this policy and asserts that all health care providers, clinicians, insurance companies, and government entities have an ethical obligation to care for all human beings, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability to pay. We hope our partners in the CSRA medical community will join us in this condemnation and will continue to provide the services we are professionally and humanistically obligated to provide. If this “line in the sand” is not drawn on a moral basis, we are violating our Hippocratic oath to “do no harm” within the first few words of these vows.
So, our fight continues. We are hopeful that our Supreme Court made this decision with a 6-3 majority and have signaled what we believe to be true, Constitutional and moral American ideals. We are at the same time disappointed in the Executive Branch’s attempt to violate these ideals. We are always painfully aware of the inequity which we constantly seek to remedy through our mission and values. We hear stories from our patients and families about the discrimination they have suffered. Some of us who volunteer in the Clinic have the same stories of our own. In this time, we are reminded of the importance of our role at the Equality Clinic to provide gender-affirming care free of charge that can now otherwise be denied to transgender people based on the HHS/Trump Administration ruling. We are also reminded of the important, powerful work done by our LGBTQIA+ family throughout the country to convince the Supreme Court to include LGBTQIA+ protection in the Civil Rights Act. We are reminded of the importance of civic engagement, voting, advocacy, and activism. We encourage you to vote. We encourage you to never stop living your truth.
So today, we should celebrate. But the work does not stop. If you're interested in supporting The Equality Clinic or learning more about us, we encourage you to check out our website at https://equalityclinicaugusta.squarespace.com and consider making a donation or just spreading the word about what we do.
*UPDATE*: Please note that the date/time for this event has changed. Also note the FB group listed at the bottom of the updated flyer. Thank you!!
Hello everyone. To all of our Black & Brown transgender friends: We hope you are hanging in there through increasingly difficult times; times which must feel like just a continuation of a long history of marginalization. Words are beginning to feel like they aren't strong enough, and the canned "we hope you are doing well!" seems disingenuous. We continue to do our best to take care of all of our patients and support the community in any way possible.
In that vein, we'd like to share with you an important opportunity to learn about local CSRA resources and develop your sense of community with other trans and gender nonconforming people of color. Our friends at RISE have asked us to share this information with you about an upcoming Zoom meeting and new FB group. We hope you can make it!
Details in the flyer attached. Reach out to Cole Maddox via FB or email ([email protected]) for more information.
Stay strong everyone.
Nina Pop, Tony McDade and other Black trans victims must be centered.
To our friends, our patients, our colleagues, fellow citizens of Augusta and Georgia, and everyone in the world:
With heavy but hopeful hearts we welcome you to Pride Month - the one month of the year where we not only celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, but reflect on our collective journey towards radical equity, justice, truth, and freedom for everyone. This year, we enter this important month during a time where many of us are outraged, protesting in the streets, trying to stay protected from a global pandemic, and witnessing the rollback of many legal protections for many minority communities by the current government administration.
The recent murders (and the long history of such hate-fueled violence in the United States) of our Black and Brown siblings across the U.S. by police officers sworn to protect and serve have devastated us. We can never forget the impact that Black and Brown LGBTQIA+ leaders of the 1960s and beyond had on our movement. We all have heard of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, and many of us have likely visited the historic landmark in NYC. What gets forgotten, however, is that many of the leaders of these world-changing demonstrations were Black and Brown trans women, such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. This is considered the birth of the modern LGBTQ+ Rights Movement. This is why Pride Month exists at all.
Outside of those of us living at the intersection of both racial/ethnic and gender identity/sexual orientation minority statuses, the exact experiences of LGBTQ+ and Black and Brown people is not identical; however, we are all united in being targeted by hatred, prejudice, discrimination, and violence. Our cause is a common cause, and we are obligated to respect our shared history and shared future.
To Tony McDade, and his family: We love you. We fight for you.
To George Floyd, and his family: We love you. We fight for you.
To Ahmaud Arbery, our fellow Georgian, and his family: We love you. We fight for you.
To Breonna Taylor, and her family: We love you. We fight for you.
To all who have been victims of police brutality, of systemic racism and prejudice, of inequity, and of hatred, whose names are now part of lists that grow longer and longer every day - we wish we could name you all: We love you. We fight for you.
To all who have been lost to the evil of inequity, to HIV/AIDS, to suicide, those who have laid down their lives as a sacrifice for the rest of us to hopefully live in a better world: We love you. We fight for you.
We hope that you will all find the space in your hearts and in your celebrations this month to take the time to reflect on our past, present, and future. Even though we cannot celebrate together in the beautiful, colorful, free ways we normally do, consider celebrating differently: donate your time to protests and demonstrations. Donate your energy to activism and speaking out. Donate your money to organizations which work so hard to amplify Black and Brown voices.
We at the Equality Clinic recognize the small role we play in the fight for radical equity and justice. Nevertheless, it is our highest honor and privilege to be part of our community and to serve. Activism is often a risky and painful endeavor, but we will never stop. We hope you spend this month and beyond living your truth, staying loud, joyful, engaged, and safe, and most of all, we hope you are free.
Together, we are fiercely powerful.
HAPPY PRIDE!!! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤🤍
Hello friends. We remain dedicated in service to you and the rest of our community. We continue to operate our telehealth clinic. Still no word yet on when exactly we can resume in person services. In the meantime, as Pride Month approaches and amid Pride cancellations due to COVID-19, we want to know how we can help everyone remain connected and still be able to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in June. Did you like the virtual workout session? Would you participate in other virtual sessions (game nights, paint nights, just general hang outs?) Outreach has certainly taken a hit but our mission remains the same. We would love to hear from you. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤎
Do we have some good news for y’all!!! Our friends of the @fantastic.beasts.atl LGBTQ Powerlifting Club are hosting a FREE virtual workout session THIS SATURDAY, May 2nd at 1 PM via Zoom! 💪🏽🏋🏾♀️🥇All are welcome-including all fitness levels. The Equality Clinic has been working hard to continue providing care virtually as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. We are so grateful to the Fantastic Beasts for standing by us and hosting this event for our cause. We truly depend on and appreciate the support of the community as we all fight to destroy barriers to care uniquely faced by the LGBTQ+ population. Can’t wait to see you there! (DM @web_m_reed on IG for more details. Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/yagsrw84 )
Check-in!! Over a month ago, we announced that we had to close our physical clinic space until further notice. I don’t think any of us realized fully the extent of what the #COVID pandemic would do and how long we would be experiencing its effects. Since then, we have had 3 successful “phone clinics” - virtual appointments conducted by our medical student coordinators and volunteer physicians so we can ensure our patients are well taken care of regardless of a lack of physical encounters in our clinic in Augusta. Thank you so much to all of our patients who have been extremely patient with us as we quickly switched to this new telehealth model. Please note we are currently not scheduling any new patients.
The Equality Clinic exists to partner with our patients and other LGBTQ+ friends and allies in the South so we can destroy barriers to health care and advocate for social justice. We remain committed to that vision. If you are able and willing, we really appreciate your continued support - we are a non-profit and rely 100% on donations. Our FB page has a "Donate" button if you would like to support us!
As always, we’re here for you and would love to hear from you. Sound off below! ❤️
To all patients who were originally scheduled for appointments on Wednesday, March 25th: please be on the lookout for emails about how we will be conducting phone visits to make sure you’re well taken care of during our temporary clinic closure throughout the ongoing #COVID19 outbreak. We will be calling you starting tomorrow evening after 5 pm. It is very important that we reach you so we can ensure renewal of any prescriptions, check on how you’re doing, and overall keep you connected to our services. It is our highest priority right now that there is minimal interruption to your care. It is especially important to note that lab testing is still available and is a vital component of continuing your medication therapy. As always, if you have any questions, email us at the address listed on our FB page or website. We truly appreciate your patience and your assistance as we work to serve you. Stay healthy and stay tuned to any updates. Thank you all! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤎
TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020 - IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT RE: CLINIC SERVICES AND COVID-19
Due to the ongoing public health situation regarding COVID-19/Coronavirus globally and in the United States, the Equality Clinic was mandated to stop its in-clinic services until further notice.
We are working to accommodate any patient scheduled for upcoming appointments this week or in the following few weeks. Our coordinators are currently calling all patients scheduled for Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 to conduct phone visits so we can do our best to ensure no interruptions to pharmacy/prescription refills if needed. Please be patient with us during this time as the situation is fluid and rapidly evolving.
If you need any further clarification about your appointment’s cancellation or anything else, please email [email protected] and we will get back to you ASAP. Again, all in-person appointments for March 11th, 2020 and March 25th, 2020 are cancelled. Please do not show up to clinic on these days as we will be unable to see you in-person.
We are incredibly sorry for any inconvenience this causes our patients. Although we too are frustrated, we value the health and safety of our patients above all else. We will keep everyone posted with any new information as we receive it.
We recommend you follow the guidance of local, state, and federal organizations regarding protecting yourself and others from infection. The following links are reputable sources of information and should be primarily referenced as opposed to media sources or other sources not backed by evidence.
GA Dept. of Public Health: https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus
SC Dept. of Public Health: https://www.scdhec.gov/health/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
Clinic tonight! Rapid HIV testing provided by Ryan White for anyone - but if you’re interested in a medical appointment please contact us to schedule one (unfortunately we can’t accommodate walk-in appointments for anything but HIV testing). ❤️💛🧡💚💙💜🖤🤎
Don’t forget there will be free HIV testing tonight at the Equality Clinic from 5:30-8pm. No appointment needed, just walk in and ask for Ryan White Outreach.
This is what showing up looks like ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿❤️
The moment he falls to his knees, we feel it with him! 😭
"We are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community, and we are proud allies as well."
Fun and informative transition-related opportunity below!! The Emory University Voice Center is hosting an amazing event - "Exploring Vocal Resonance" - in Sandy Springs (Atlanta) on March 6th at 7 PM! This workshop is "pay what you can" and features experts in the aesthetics of transitioning as well. Looks like a chance to win some free or discounted aesthetic services from Aura Hair & Makeup will also be part of the fun.
Registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBMFlfuuwEqm8l_mmExk8jafA8Nfv4tpfqBMyPa9UsqxNhJw/viewform
See the flyer below for more details, and as always, if you have any questions feel free to reach out to us or to the contacts listed here.
987 Saint Sebastian Way
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Equality Clinic is a free clinic for all individuals in the CSRA that do not have insurance or are underinsured (in need of resources that are not covered by an insurance plan) AND make less than 200% of the federal poverty line (see the chart below). We treat all patients that meet the guidelines regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexual identity, or healthcare needs. We provide services just as any other health facility and we strive to ensure that all of our patients receive friendly and competent healthcare with a specific emphasis on providing complete and competent care to the underserved LGBTQ community. In Equality Clinic you will find students from different health professions including Medicine, Physician Assistants, Dental, Occupational Therapy and Mental Healthcare providers that are learning to provide care to all patients. All students are supervised by healthcare professionals and use the experience to further their understanding of LGBTQ needs that they will be able to use later in practice. Equality Clinic opened on 9/10/2014 and has clinics on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, starting at 5:30 PM. Although walk ins are not welcome, you can easily make an appointment online by visiting our website, calling our number, or sending us an email (details below). The clinic is located in the Health Sciences Building on the campus of Georgia Regents University at 987 Saint Sebastian Way (see photos the full address and a map). Please visit our website (www.equalityclinicaugusta.com), email us ([email protected]), or call us at (762) 218-2226 for more information, appointments, ways to get involved, or how you can support our clinic.