2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, a milestone in the continuing struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality. While much progress has been made, Silke believes there is still much work to be done to end discrimination against our LGBTQ population.
Silke will encourage health care providers to invest in training and workplace cultures that effectively support LGBTQ patients. She wants to ensure access, particularly in rural areas, to STD testing and prevention tools such as PreP, and facilitate health provider transparency so that those being treated are aware of procedures not being provided based on religious grounds.
California needs to bring schools across the state into compliance with the FAIR education act by enabling training of teachers and staff on how to support and educate LGBT students, and by providing monitoring and assurance that schools have effective implementations.
Approximately 40% of homeless youth served by agencies identify as LGBTQ. As our state addresses affordable housing and homelessness, Silke believes we must make sure that homeless LGBTQ youth have access to safe and non-discriminatory shelters and housing options.
Baby Boomers represent the first generation with a significant number of LGBTQ people that have lived their lives openly and visibly. Silke will promote training initiatives for retirement homes and assisted living facilities so that LGBTQ seniors aren’t forced back into the closet in order to avoid discrimination from those they depend on.