Elizabeth Thompson | North Carolina Health News
Elizabeth Thompson is North Carolina Health News' Report for America corps member who covers gender health and prison health topics. Thompson is a UNC Chapel Hill graduate who has covered Texas politics for The Dallas Morning News’ Washington bureau, she's been a fact checker for The Raleigh News & Observer, and worked for GrepBeat, the tech news website.
Blue Cross NC will now include coverage for gender-affirming facial surgery and voice therapy for transgender and gender-nonconforming people as medically necessary care. The move comes after what LGBTQ advocates say was a record-breaking year for anti-transgender legislation, and they are celebrating a small victory in North Carolina.
As an NC Senate bill that would legalize medical marijuana gains traction, advocates and businesses call for the narrow bill to be expanded, citing economic opportunity.
LGBTQ Youth In NC -- And Beyond -- Find Community And Mental Health Spaces Online During The PandemicThe COVID-19 pandemic forced LGBTQ safe spaces to go online. Now that option may be here to stay.