Equality Clinic

Equality Clinic 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.
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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, 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.

Operating as usual

Hi everyone! To kick off the celebrations for Pride Month, we will having a fundraiser at the North Augusta Chipotle on ...
05/26/2021

Hi everyone! To kick off the celebrations for Pride Month, we will having a fundraiser at the North Augusta Chipotle on June 1 from 5 to 9 pm. Just mention Equality Clinic at checkout OR show them this flyer and we will get a portion of the proceeds to help support our clinic and the services we provide! We appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you all there!

Hi everyone! To kick off the celebrations for Pride Month, we will having a fundraiser at the North Augusta Chipotle on June 1 from 5 to 9 pm. Just mention Equality Clinic at checkout OR show them this flyer and we will get a portion of the proceeds to help support our clinic and the services we provide! We appreciate your continued support and look forward to seeing you all there!

Equality Clinic is looking to expand our board!! As of now, we have a variety of board members with significant experien...
03/27/2021

Equality Clinic is looking to expand our board!! As of now, we have a variety of board members with significant experience within healthcare and medical education. In our goal to better serve our patients and our community, we are looking to expand our board beyond just the healthcare field to include members of the Augusta community, and even more so within the Augusta LGBTQ+ community. As our clinic grows we hope to have increasing board representation from the communities we serve to better inform our care as providers for our patients.

Equality Clinic is looking to expand our board!! As of now, we have a variety of board members with significant experience within healthcare and medical education. In our goal to better serve our patients and our community, we are looking to expand our board beyond just the healthcare field to include members of the Augusta community, and even more so within the Augusta LGBTQ+ community. As our clinic grows we hope to have increasing board representation from the communities we serve to better inform our care as providers for our patients.

We are excited to announce the Equality Clinic will resume in-person clinic on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. We are also...
02/14/2021

We are excited to announce the Equality Clinic will resume in-person clinic on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. We are also thrilled to announce that we have moved to a new clinic space just down the street, 1014 Moore Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904. Please see the attached map for driving directions and parking information. The lab location has not changed. In order to ensure the safety of our staff and our patients, masks are required inside the building and can be provided upon request. We will also be screening patients for COVID-19 before and upon arrival at the clinic. Please note we do NOT accept walk- ins, you must have an appointment to be seen. We appreciate your patience and understanding so far and will keep you notified with any updates.

If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected]!

We look forward to seeing you!

Equality Clinic Augusta

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, it is hard to think of any words we could say that haven’t been said before. Act...
11/20/2020

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, it is hard to think of any words we could say that haven’t been said before. Action is what is needed. We are proud to serve the trans community of the CSRA and beyond. Some in our society and our medical establishment continue to reject the humanity of transgender people; to be clear, this kind of prejudicial, discriminatory hatred, including implicit and explicit bias perpetuated by medical professionals, is violence. We will not stand for it, and we will continue to work hard to educate our peers in medical school and beyond so one day, no transgender person will suffer from lack of equitable access to life-saving medical care again. Today, we assert our commitment to this mission. #transgenderdayofremembrance #transgenderawarenessweek #transrightsarehumanrights

We are coming up on the end of our t-shirt fundraiser, last day to order is tomorrow! It has been a tough year for all, ...
11/17/2020

We are coming up on the end of our t-shirt fundraiser, last day to order is tomorrow! It has been a tough year for all, and we are so grateful for everyone’s support as we finish the year strong and look forward to the New Year. Exciting things will be happening! Link in bio, or Google “customink Equality Clinic”. #lgbtq #equality #lgbthealth #transhealth #transawarenessweek

“For context, in America 20% of transgender adults are uninsured compared to the general population where only 8% didn’t...
11/10/2020
Underinsured Transgender People Are Turning To Riskier Sources For Hormones

“For context, in America 20% of transgender adults are uninsured compared to the general population where only 8% didn’t have health insurance in 2019. The study also noted that among insured respondents more than one in five reported that their claims for gender-affirming hormones were denied.”

This is exactly why we exist. Until our system of delivering care, care we believe is a right of all human beings, is centered by ethics and justice, insurance companies can make dangerous and disabling decisions about what does and does not count as covered services. Gender-affirming care that is not just “tolerant” but is celebratory of the wide spectrum of gender identities and s*xual orientations is life-saving.

Study finds that nearly 170,000 people who are transgender access hormones from friends, online or other non-licensed sources, which poses health and safety risks.

Hello friends!! The Equality Clinic is selling these beauties through Custom Ink to raise funds for the clinic. If you w...
10/20/2020

Hello friends!! The Equality Clinic is selling these beauties through Custom Ink to raise funds for the clinic. If you want to support our mission of providing care for our local LGBTQ+ population, and look cute doing it, click the link: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/equality-2020 Sales run through November and you can have the shirts delivered to you directly for a small shipping fee. Thank you for all your support during this unusual year! We remain hard at work to keep our telehealth services going. Couldn’t do it without y’all. 💕 #lgbtqia #pride #transhealth #gayhealth #lgbthealth #equality

AUGUSTA PRIDE
08/19/2020

AUGUSTA PRIDE

Deadlines are approaching and we want you to be counted so our voices can be heard! South Carolina's deadline to register online to vote is October 4th, while Georgia's is October 5th. The deadline to fill out your census form is September 30th. Head to vote.org & census.gov to make sure you're registered and counted for 2020!

💕💕💕 A reason to honor the day and thank our friends of the AU Ryan White Program for serving over 1,000 people living wi...
08/18/2020
30 Years of the Ryan White CARE Act

💕💕💕 A reason to honor the day and thank our friends of the AU Ryan White Program for serving over 1,000 people living with HIV or seeking equitable access to testing services throughout the CSRA and the Southeast since 1995. Public health matters!

The AIDS Institute urges leaders to prioritize public health funding amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project Impact Augusta
07/18/2020

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.

www.hrc.im/elevate

Hello friends. A message from some of our Equality Clinic colleagues in LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health/Gender Identity and Sex...
07/13/2020

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 s*xual orientation and attractions over time. Thank you!

Please note the contact information at the bottom of the flyer if interested.

Check this out!
06/24/2020

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)
www.LenaGMitchell.com
Instagram: @LenaGMitchell

🎥 🙌🏽’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! 🌈
https://facebook.com/events/s/lives-at-stake-the-future-of-t/642683536459412/?ti=icl

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
06/15/2020

Equality Clinic's cover photo

Equality Clinic
06/15/2020

Equality Clinic

06/15/2020

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, s*x, age, or disability in certain health programs and activities”. In 2016, President Obama directed a ruling which interpreted protections regarding s*x 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 “s*x discrimination” as only pertaining to dichotomized biological s*x 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 s*xual 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.

Happy Pride.

With love,

EC

*UPDATE*: Please note that the date/time for this event has changed. Also note the FB group listed at the bottom of the ...
06/15/2020

*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!!

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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.

06/01/2020

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/s*xual 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 su***de, 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!!! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤🤍

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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.

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