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Proposed LGBTQ health organization clears Connecticut House

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(AP) - Legislation aimed at better matching members of Connecticut's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community with health and other services has cleared a key vote.  The House of Representatives voted 130-6 Monday in favor of a bill that creates a new organization to recommend to state officials ways to build a safer and healthier environment for the LGBTQ community.

The Department of Public Health would provide funds to help the network develop a statewide needs assessment and ultimately help coordinate care with nonprofit agencies.  Democratic Rep. Raghib Allie-Brennan of Bethel says "this is a population that hasn't been served well."

The Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition supports the bill. Executive Director Diana Lombardi recently told lawmakers how not all Connecticut primary care physicians will treat  transgender patients. The bill awaits Senate action.