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More Partners Joining National LGBT Health Awareness Week
3/25/2016 4:42:40 PM

National LGBT Health Awareness Week is March 28 to April 1, 2016. This year's theme is "OUTvisible: Redefining Stigma in LGBT Healthcare from Invisible to OUTvisible." 

The theme is based on feedback from a survey of Coalition members, who identified stigma as a key issue in LGBT healthcare. Some of the stigmas facing LGBT individuals include those surrounding STDs, HIV, PrEP usage, and mental health, in addition to discrimination when accessing healthcare. 

The following organizations are joining with the National Coalition for LGBT Health as newly added partners in National LGBT Health Awareness Week to raise awareness of stigma in LGBT health and LGBT health disparities:
  • African American Office of Gay Concerns
  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • Bee Busy, Inc.
  • Center for Black Equity
  • Community Health Centers, Inc.
  • Diversity & Resilient
  • Get Healthy Philly
  • H.E.L.P. (Helping Extend Life to People)
  • Houston Health Department
  • Howard Brown Health
  • HRHCare Community Health
  • Mazzoni Center
  • San Vicente Family Health Center
  • Transgender Law Center
  • Us Helping Us
They join these previously announced partner organizations:
  • Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
  • Lambda Legal
  • National Black Justice Coalition
  • National Council for Behavioral Health
  • National Coalition of STD Directors
  • Men’s Health Network
  • Out2Enroll

Throughout the Week, the Coalition and its partners will be active on social media, working to educate the public and raise awareness of stigma and LGBT health disparities.

“The goal of the social media campaign during LGBT Health Awareness Week is to make stigma OUTvisible,” said Ryan Meyer, Manager of the National Coalition for LGBT Health. “So much of the stigma that LGBT individuals face in healthcare is invisible. The public does not typically see stigma, but it is part of every day experiences of LGBT individuals. This campaign will help destigmatize many of the health-related stigmas that LGBT individuals face through education, increased awareness, and better data collection.”

During the Week, the Coalition will launch the "State of LGBT Health" national survey, host a webinar on stigma in LGBT healthcare and more. 

On Monday, March 28, the Coalition will launch OUTclusion: The State of LGBT Health survey. OUTclusion is defined as the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity information in healthcare. 

On Tuesday, March 29, at 1:00 p.m. EST, the Coalition will host a webinar, OUTcompetent: Cultural Competency and the stigmatization of STDs, HIV, PrEP, and Mental Health issues. OUTcompetent is defined as being culturally competent and inclusive when treating LGBT patients and recognizing their unique needs. The one-hour webinar will discuss stigma in the following areas through these presenters:

  • HIV – Venton Jones, National Black Justice Coalition 
  • PrEP Use – Damon Jacobs, Licensed Family Therapist and HIV Prevention Specialist
  • STDs – Stephen Hicks, National Coalition of STD Directors 
  • Mental Health – Adam Swanson, National Council for Behavior Health 

Register for the webinar here!

A webinar on Stigma in Transgender Healthcare is forthcoming as well. 

Recent research has shown:

  • More than half of LGBT individuals have faced discrimination from healthcare providers. 
  • Approximately 10% of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people of color have been refused care. 
  • 1 in 5 LGBT individuals reported withholding information about their sexual history from a health care professional. 
  • 89% of Transgender individuals fear doctors are not trained to adequately treat them.
  • 30% of gay and bisexual men have never gotten tested for HIV.
  • Only 26% of gay and bisexual men know about PrEP.
  • LGBT individuals are 2.5x more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.


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