What does SNAPIQS Policy Advocacy Committee do?
Being queer and transgender while being Asian and Pacific Islander in an American society that doesn’t care or doesn’t really know what to do with either makes living our lives inherently Political. So instead of others defining our place, we have made the stride to do that for ourselves.
Why is this important?
Nevada is one of the four states that have biennial legislative sessions (meet every two years). Nevada Legislature sessions are held in odd-numbered years and meet for 120 consecutive days beginning the first Monday in February.
SNAPIQS Policy Advocacy Committee
SNAPIQS Policy Advocacy Committee speaks up loud and clear when we have to, like decrying the latest attacks on the transgender and immigrant communities. We mobilize our members to come out and vote, knock door to door, whatever we can do to help advocates for our community and influence laws affecting our well-being.
2021 Legislative Impact
SNAPIQS Policy Advocacy Committee actively participated in the 81st (2021) Session of the Nevada Legislature began on February 1, 2021, and adjourned sine die on June 01, 2021. During this legislative session, SNAPIQS and our community partners educated and advocated for the following bills:
SNAPIQS is supporting the following bills during the 81st (2021) Session of the Nevada Legislature
Revises provisions relating to the testing of certain communicable diseases.
Senate Bill (SB) 211 (Formerly Nevada Bill Draft Request (BDR) 40-563) is requiring medical providers of any settings to ask patients if they would like an HIV and/or STD Test.
Why SNAPIQS supports this bill?
The CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) show that among all racial groups in the U.S., Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) had the only statistically significant increases in HIV/AIDS diagnosis rates in the most recent four-year period.
There are some behaviors that put everyone at risk for HIV. These include having anal or vaginal sex without protection (like a condom or medicine to prevent or treat HIV) or sharing injection drug equipment with someone who has HIV. Other factors that affect Asians particularly include:
Revises laws relating to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Revises provisions relating to education.
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