OUTfront for LGBT Health Awareness Week
March 26-30th is LGBT Health Awareness Week. Although the LGBTQ+ community has made progress extensively on important issues in recent years, there is still a “devastating cycle of discrimination and health disparities that affect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.”
At Fairy Tales, one of our main goals is to bring LGBTQ+ awareness to institutions and communities. Once the public understands that LGBT people are consistently discriminated against, we can begin to create the tools to forge a path for positive change.
What does LGBT Health Awareness Week Do?
- Generates positive action for LGBT health care access: educates the community, policy-makers, and the public about queer health disparities.
- Creates a culture that reduces stigmas and discrimination when LGBT individuals visit health care providers.
- Presents the facts:
- 1 in 5 LGBT individuals withhold information about their sexual history from healthcare providers.
- Only 51% of gay and bisexual men living with HIV will remain in treatment over the course of a year.
- 90% of transgender women who are newly diagnosed with HIV are of African or Latin descent.
- LGBT people are roughly twice as likely to be uninsured than the general population.
- LGBT people are more likely to delay or not seek necessary medical care, and one in five transgender people have been refused care altogether.
Check your local area for discussions, events, twitter chats, webinars, and more. Or visit http://healthlgbt.org/advocacy/87-2/ to learn about all of the ways you can join the conversation during National LGBT Health Awareness Week.
Our OUTReels Program brings the discussion of LGBT health awareness to your school, workplace, or community. If you are interested in hosting a simulation, contact us today: firstname.lastname@example.org