Chicago mayor announces LGBT health plan

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The city of Chicago says it has developed a plan for addressing the specific health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

Among the goals, it will search for ways to address higher levels of smoking among the gay community. It will also focus on HIV prevention, obesity and improving access to health care.

Speaking of the program, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said March 31 he's "committed to ensuring all Chicagoans have access to the care and information they need to live healthy lives."

The plan will promote the collection of sexual orientation data in electronic medical records and better tracking of hate crimes against transgender residents. It will also promote the inclusion of same sex couples in programs aimed at healthy pregnancies, childbirth and early childhood health.

For more about health issues, see the new issue of Wisconsin Gazette - on the streets April 5 and the Web shortly after.