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New Year, New Administration

Legal Eagles: LGBTQ Issues on the Rise

As we rounded the corner into the new year, many of us were hopeful that 2021 would bring about some sort of relief from the chaos and hardship caused by the infamous 2020. Unfortunately for the LGBTQ community, however, the feeling of optimism was short-lived, as not even two weeks into the new year, LGBTQ protections were erased with a simple stroke of a pen.

Competent foster care parents needed

Carolina Family Connections is Asking the LGBTQ Community for Help

“Carolina Family Connections is in need of foster parents to meet the demands of children in need of foster home care due to abuse and/or neglect in the areas of Mecklenburg and surrounding counties,” says Clontz. “We especially are in need of families who would open their hearts and homes to sibling groups and school-aged children of all races.”

HRC releases healthcare index

Beyond the Carolinas

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation released its 12th annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), which scores health care facilities on policies and practices dedicated to the equitable treatment and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.

Trump allows S.C. child welfare agencies to refuse gay adoptions

Regional News: HHS policy waiver could impact other communities not approved by organizations operating under ‘Christian policy’

The Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) gave an okay on Jan. 23 to allow federally-funded child welfare agencies in South Carolina to refuse services on the basis of religion. The decision came in response to a request made by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster last year.