As the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast, Lillian Tamayo has spent the last 15 years not only advocating for women’s health issues, but also for people’s health issues.

“Discrimination towards LGBTQ people still occurs regularly in health care systems, especially towards transgender persons,” Tamayo said. “There is insufficient training or education to build provider LGBTQ competencies.”

With partnerships that include the Safe to Be Me Coalition, SunServe, and the Pride Center, Planned Parenthood is committed to safe and reliable access to health care.

“As advocates, we work with partner groups to fight for access to health care and equal rights,” Tamayo said. “At our health centers, our doctors and nurses provide non-judgmental, confidential care to any patient that comes through our doors, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

While Planned Parenthood and other groups believe so much progress has been made, there is still work to be done.

“For me, protecting women's health care and advocating for marriage equality are inextricably connected as both issues are grounded in core human values,” Tamayo said. “Sometimes, we view our respective organizational missions from a narrow lens, diminishing our potential for stronger coalition and partnership.”

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