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Aug 11, 2016

Caleb Orozco Says Basic Healthcare Rights for LGBT are Often Denied

Caleb Orozco

Access to healthcare has long been an issue for members of the LGBT community.  According to Orozco, they have been shut off from respective medical institutions simply because they are not biologically related to their partners.  As a result they are often kept in the dark when it comes to the medical status of their partners.


Caleb Orozco, Executive Director, UNIBAM

“You live with your partner and the health system will treat you as if you are a pariah because well you are not blood and you are not allowed to make life and death decision of the person you are living with. I don’t think our people deserve to be treated with the indignity of being shut out of the health concerns of their partner. That is unacceptable. When it comes to employment, our people have a basic aspiration to work, eat, and shelter just like everybody else. And in that regard, they must have the protection like any other citizen. It is unacceptable for me to be renting a house and then have my landlord tell me I need to leave because the roof need to fix and then later find out that he never liked the person that I was living with. The landlord has no right to tell me who I should or shouldn’t sleep with. The only place that the landlord should have concern with is when I am paying him or her my monthly rent in time.”

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