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Bill to criminalize Doctors assisting Trans youth to transition passes Texas Senate

As a result of these bills, families will be separated or forced to flee the state and trans youth will die

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Trans Youth activists at Texas Capitol protesting ant-trans legislation
(Photo Credit: Brad Pritchett Field Director Equality Texas via Facebook)

AUSTIN, TX. – A bill which would redefine existing Texas statue Section 261.001, the Family Code on Child Abuse, to include criminalizing actions by physicians or healthcare professionals in assisting Trans youth to transition or arrest the development of puberty as child abuse has passed the state Senate.

Senate Bill 1646  passed on a 18-12 vote. The legislation’s author is State Senator Charles Perry, a Certified Public Accountant from Lubbock in the Western portion of Texas.

In a Senate committee hearing, SB 1646 attracted over four-and-a-half hours of public testimony from LGBTQ Texans, their parents and several state and national medical associations opposing the bill’s intrusion into intimate medical decisions, the Texas Tribune reported.

Social workers also testified the bill could put more transgender children into the foster care system, where they face elevated rates of suicide and depression.

Perry argued in floor debate that the bill was necessary to prevent children from making irreversible decisions that they may regret later, but experts say both parts of that claim are questionable.

The bill now heads to the Texas House where passage may not be a certainty. A spokesperson for Equality Texas noted that a similar House companion bill, HB 4014 is currently in the Public Health Committee and has been since March 29.

Last week, however, the Tribune reported that the Public Health committee, made up of six Republicans and five Democrats, narrowly passed a bill that would ban children from receiving gender affirming medical care, such as puberty suppression treatments or hormones. That bill hasn’t yet come up on the House floor.

Texas Trans youth activist Landon Richie told the Blade in an email Wednesday evening that the bill, (SB 1646 by Perry) is “barbaric and cruel. It would give the state power to take trans children away from their parents by defining support for transition-related care as child abuse.”

“Along with the bills that would make gender-affirming medical care illegal for minors, SB 1646 would make Texas uninhabitable for trans youth and their loving, supportive families. Despite hearing countless hours of heartfelt yet devastating testimony from parents of trans children and trans children themselves, despite hearing from medical professionals about the proven, positive impacts of gender-affirming care and the process families must go through before making this decision, this bill is still being advanced,” Richie said.

“What that plainly says is that, behind that veil of “protection,” these lawmakers are not — and never have been — truly concerned with the safety or well-being of youth. As a result of these bills, families will be separated or forced to flee the state and trans youth will die,” he stressed. 

Equality Texas said in a statement, “We’re approaching key deadlines in the legislative session that will give us a clearer picture of what’s dead and what’s still moving. The last day House committees can vote on House bills is May 10, so the House only has two more weeks to hold a hearing if they want a bill to have a chance of moving forward. Three days later, on May 13, is the deadline for the House to pass any bills originating there. Basically, if a bill with the prefix HB doesn’t get voted out of the Chamber by May 13th then it’s dead.” 

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LA County Parks should be your destination this Fall!

Make LA County Parks your destination this fall as you explore, engage and connect through our exciting programs!

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LOS ANGELES – Summer is coming to an end soon, but the fun doesn’t stop here! LA County Parks presents an exciting slate of fun programming for the whole family this fall! Join us to create lifelong memories with your family. From recreation classes and nature center programs to sports and aquatics, there’s something for every body to enjoy. 
 
Check out some of our new programs, as well as community favorites that are back for another season! Join the fun starting September 6, 2022.

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Check out a few of our upcoming programs!

SPORTS FOR ALL
Days and times vary based on location
Program availability may vary by location
Pre-registration is required, register HERE

Sports for All clinic is a youth sports clinic is an 8-week skills development clinic that meets once a week for basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball, cheer and other sports. Clinics focus on building foundational skills, self-confidence and teamwork.

EVERY BODY PLAYS DROP IN RECREATION ADVENTURES
Mondays – Fridays, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Free drop-in program; No registration required

Every Body Plays is a positive space with a curriculum that is youth centered and designed for fun! This FREE drop-in program launches September 6, 2022 and runs until May 26, 2022. Children can enjoy a snack with their friends at select parks from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM. The program provides children ages 7-17 with access to caring and trained park staff who serve as mentors and lead an array of programs and activities, ranging from sports, fitness, arts and crafts, STEM, group games, story time and so much more. Every day is an adventure in LA County Parks!

FREE SNACK PROGRAM
September 6, 2022 – May 26, 2023
Mondays – Fridays; 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Children and youth under 18 years of age are invited to receive a nutritious grab-n-go snack that includes vegetables, fruits, seeds and healthy dairy products like milk, string cheese, and yogurt. Created to help reduce the growing percentage of young people in the United States challenged by obesity or lack of consistent access to wholesome meals, the program aims to provide a healthy alternative for children when school is out. There are no meals served on County observed holidays.

NATURAL AREAS:

EVERY BODY EXPLORES
Tuesdays – Fridays,  2:30 PM – 5:30 PM & Saturdays 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Free drop-in program; No registration required

The Everybody Explores program provides participants of all ages an opportunity to check out a Naturalist field backpack they can use to complete self-guided activities, make observations and explore the park.

NATURE KNOWLEDGE NIGHTS
Dates vary by location, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Free drop-in program; No registration required

Spend an evening getting to know the beauty of the natural world at a Los Angeles County Nature Center. Activities vary based on topic but may include group activities, ESTEAM fundamentals, community science, nature hikes, guided tours or animal ambassador experience.

NATURE CENTER DISCOVERY
Every Saturday at select Nature Centers, 10:00 AM – Noon
Free drop-in program; No registration required

Each Saturday you’ll have an opportunity to meet our Nature Center Superintendents and learn about the park, history and the natural habitat around you, even meeting Animal Ambassadors native to the area! Find a Nature Center near you HERE.

You can also participate in our Saturday Morning Discovery Tables, where you and your family can explore table exhibits and “ask a naturalist” about the flora and fauna all around us. These exhibits will take place from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

FALL RECREATION CLASSES
Dates, times and locations vary by class
Registration required. Register HERE

We teamed up with some of the best instructors in Los Angeles to bring you hundreds of classes for all ages, levels and budgets. Take a class at your local park for some fresh air or join virtual classes from the comfort of your own home! Whether you’re looking to be more active, learn a new hobby or take up a new skill or language, we have just the class for you and everyone in your family.

TRICK-OR-TREAT VILLAGE 
October 25-29, 2022 at several LA County Parks 
Dates and times vary by location 
Free; No registration required 
 
Join us for a fantastically spooky time at a park near you this October to enjoy free activities. Costumes are encouraged! More information coming soon. 
 
HARVEST FESTIVAL 
November 15-23, 2022 at several LA County Parks 
Dates and times vary by location 
Free; No registration required 
 
Families are invited to enjoy cultural celebrations that include food tasting, dancing, music, crafts and family activities. More information coming soon. 
 
EDDIE HEREDIA BOXING CLUB 
The Eddie Heredia Boxing Club has reopened! Do have what it takes to be a world class boxer? The Eddie Heredia Youth Boxing Club offers a variety of boxing classes geared to teach youth who are just beginning to learn the sport, to advanced classes for youths who are ready to spare and participate in competitions on a local, regional, and national level.

AQUATICS:

LEARN TO SWIM
Monday-Friday, Saturdays 
August 29, 2022 thru December 23, 2022
Times may vary by location, level and session
Pre-registration is required; register HERE

Swim Lessons teach core swimming skills including water safety, floating and technique for the four core swimming strokes. The program is designed to provide swimmers with a positive learning experience while steadily progressing through the core skills and strokes.  All levels are in alignment with the American Red Cross’ “Learn to Swim” Program.

EVERY BODY SWIMS
Saturday from 12:30pm – 2:00pm; 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Begins September 3rd, 2022

FREE Rec Swim is a fun and positive way to practice new skills, be physically active, keep your heart rate up, reduce stress and build muscle. Rec swim also provides an opportunity to socialize and make new friends.  Rec Swim starts September 3 and takes place on Saturdays from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM and 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

SENIOR PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
Dates and times vary by location Free; No registration required

LA County Senior Centers, Programs and Activities are a great place for adults ages 60+ years to stay fit, active and to meet new people. Activities promote physical and mental well-being, socialization, nutrition, life-long learning and volunteer opportunities. Lean more HERE.

OUR SPOT
Monday to Friday 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Free program; Register HERE

FREE daily after-school program that supports positive youth development by exposing teens to caring mentors, social justice projects, leadership and artists experiences, early career exploration, substance abuse prevention, sports and physical fitness, and other opportunities meaningful to youth.  Teens participate in park advisory groups and contribute to the planning of field trips, events and social action projects.

… AND MUCH MORE! 

Follow us on Facebook @parks.lacounty.gov and Twitter & Instagram @lacountyparks!

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Public help sought identifying patient at County-USC Medical Center

Anyone with information on the patient’s identity is asked to call Clinical Social Worker Cesar Robles at 323-409-6884 or 323-409-5253

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LA County-USC Medical Center

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services asked the public for help Tuesday in identifying a possible juvenile who has been hospitalized for nearly two weeks.

According to a news release the young male who could be in his late teens was dropped off at LA County-USC Medical Center on July 22. The patient was described as a male Hispanic between 16 and 20 years old. He is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 154 pounds.

The Medical Center described him as having a thin stature with short dark hair and brown eyes. The patient also has a tattoo of a cross under his right eye and another tattoo on his right hand.

No further information about the nature of the injuries or the condition of the patient was released.

Anyone with information on the patient’s identity is asked to call Clinical Social Worker Cesar Robles at 323-409-6884 or 323-409-5253.

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LA LGBT Center & Public Health host virtual townhall on Monkeypox

Topics will include a situational update, vaccine eligibility, & preventative measures. The town hall will also include a Q&A with residents

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles LGBT Center will host a virtual town hall for the public on the topic of Monkeypox. Topics will include a situational update, vaccine eligibility, and preventative measures. The town hall will include the latest updates and a Q&A with residents.

WHEN:

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

6:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Visit:  lalgbtcenter.org/monkeypox to view the livestream.

Submit questions ahead HERE to have them answered during the livestream.

WHO:

  • Sonali Kulkarni, MD, MPH, Medical Director in the Division of HIV and STD Programs (DHSP) at the Los Angeles County (LAC) Department of Public Health
  • Nava Yeganeh, MD, MPH, Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician and Medical Director of the Vaccine Disease Preventable Control Program
  • Robert Bolan, MD, Medical Director of Research and Education, Los Angeles LGBT Center
  • David Herman, MD, Medical Director of Primary Care, Los Angeles LGBT Center
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