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National Coalition for LGBTQ Health Announces Theme for 20th Annual National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week

Washington, DC – The National Coalition for LGBTQ Health announces that the 20th Annual National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week will be held March 21 – 25, 2022 and the theme is LIVE OUT LOUD for LGBTQ Health! The theme encourages everyone to speak openly about all aspects of LGBTQ health, providing an umbrella under which to discuss and raise awareness of mental health, transgender health, and stigma reduction through accessible, affirming, inclusive, and culturally competent healthcare services for LGBTQ individuals. 

This theme was developed in part from responses to the Coalition’s Inaugural State of LGBTQ Health National Survey™, which included input from nearly 2,500 LGBTQ health providers and highlights the most pressing healthcare issues faced by the LGBTQ community. The survey report and findings will be released during a webinar on Tuesday, March 22 (see below). Respondents indicated that the three most common problems LGBTQ patients contend with are mental health concerns, accessing gender-affirming care, and stigma from healthcare professionals and society at large. LIVE OUT LOUD aims to reduce stigma through normalizing discussion of LGBTQ people’s health, empowering LGBTQ individuals to voice their needs unapologetically.

The theme also represents resistance to fear and shame by raising our collective voice against those telling us, “Don’t Say Gay.” Anti-LGBTQ ideology and stigma still remain embedded in our political, social, and economic structures: In Florida, the passage of HB 1557 limits students’ access to inclusive information about gender and sexual orientation as well as support services at school; providing gender-affirming care for youth under 18 is currently considered child abuse in Texas; nationally and globally, 2021 saw the highest rates ever recorded of violence against transgender people, including homicide; reproductive rights and sexual health services endure ongoing attacks; and LGBTQ people continue to bear a disproportionate burden of our healthcare system’s failures.

WEBINARS

The Coalition will host the following webinars during National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week, with registration open to the public.

  • The State of LGBTQ Health: Insights from a National Survey of Healthcare Providers 
    Tuesday, March 22 at 1pm EST
  • Optimizing PrEP in Practice: Guidelines & Clinical Considerations, featuring Demetre C. Daskalakis, MD, MPH, Director, Division of HIV Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Free CME/CE available.
    Thursday, March 24 at 1pm EST


SOCIAL MEDIA
The Coalition also will lead a social media campaign on LGBTQ health issues during the Week along with over 300 partner organizations. The Coalition will provide a social media toolkit to its membership as well.

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

The Coalition is proud to work with over 300 partner organizations to date and thousands of individuals on this year’s National LGBTQ Health Awareness Week. Following are the partner organizations for the Week, as of March 2, 2022.

A Different Kind of Different, LLC
A Touch of YouthAccess Community HealthAce and Aro Alliance of Central Ohio
Actualization Recovery Advancing Connecticut Together
Advocates for Youth African American Office of Gay ConcernsAfrican Services Committee 
AIDS Alabama 
AIDS Funding Collaborative 
AIDS Healthcare Foundation 
AIDS Project of the Ozarks 
AIDS Walk South Dallas, Inc. Alcoholism Center For Women
Alder Health Services Alliance of AIDS Services Carolina
American Trans Resource Hub
Amida Care 
Anchor Health 
Apex Community Care 
APLA Health 
ASP Cares 
Bay Integrative Wellness 
Being Alive People with AIDS Action CoalitionBetances Health Center Bienestar Human Services 
Brave Space Alliance 
CA LGBTQ Health & Human Services Network California Health Collaborative CAMBACAMBA YMHP Program Capitol Ballroom Council CARE4ME Services Caribbean Women’s Health Association 
Caring Communities Carolinas CARE Partnership Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare
CDC/ATSDR 
CDO Executives 
Center for Black Equity 
Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services, Ithaca College
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT CentersChampaign-Urbana Public Health District 
Cherry Health Children’s Health Cityworld Family Practice LLC 
Clove Health / Our Bodies Florida
CME Outfitters Coastal Health District 9-1 
Cobb & Douglas Public Health Commando LLC Community Health Net Compass Community Center Compassion & Choices Corktown / HELP CrescentCare CrossOver Healthcare Ministry
DeKalb County Board of Health
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
Diversity Center of Oklahoma Inc
Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program Empower U Community Health CenterendoQueer 
Epilepsy of Florida 
Erie County Department of Health – Pennsylvania 
Erie County Medical Center 
Erie Gay News Escape AYA Cancer Existentialism 
Family Counselng Service of the Finger Lakes
Family Planning of South Central NYFamily Wellness Outreach Center of Georgia 
Finger Lakes Community HealthFresno EOC LGBTQ+ Resource Center 
Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center
GBMCGO CARE Community Health Center
Golden Rule Services, Inc. GoodWorks: North AL Harm ReductionGrand Rapids Pride Center Guided Path Psychological Services
Harlem Pride, Incorporated HBI-DCHe Is Valuable, Inc.HealthHCVHELP Center for LGBT Health & WellnessHenry J Austin Health Center Hepatitis C Mentor and Support Group-HCMSG 
HI SISHIV and Aging Research Project – HARP-PS
HIV+Hepatitis Policy Institute Houston Equality Dental Network
Hudson Pride Center Huntridge Family Clinic Identity Youth Center Impulse San Diego Institute for the Advancement of Minority HealthIU Health Positive LinkJohn Snow, Inc. 
JOLT Harm Reduction 
Keck Medicine of USC Kintegra Health Kumukahi Health + Wellness 
La Gender Inc Lackawanna College Pride Student Organization Lancaster LGBTQ+  Coalition 
LGBT Technology Institute LGBTQ Center OC LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County 
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Division of HIV and STI Programs M-Care Healthcare 
Mary’s House for Older Adults, Inc
MassEquality Maverick County Hospital District / Ryan White MCWPMDHHS /Michigan HIV AIDS Council (MHAC) planning group Medical Advocacy and Outreach
Mercer Co. Health Dept Miami-Dade County Ryan White Part A Program 
Middle Path Counseling Services
Mount Sinai Health System NACCHONational Coalition of STD Directors
National LGBT Cancer Network
National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) 
NECA AETC Oral Health Resource Center 
Nevada Office of Minority Health and EquityNew England AIDS Education and Training Center 
New Orleans Office of Health Policy & AIDS Funding 
New York City Department of Health and Human Services – The New York HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council New York University Langone Long Island
North County LGBTQ Resource CenterNorth Idaho AIDS Coalition (NIAC)
Nyanza Reproductive Health Society
NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull
Oakland LGBTQ Community Center
OHSUOklahoma City Indian Clinic 
One Colorado 
Open Aid AllianceOther Options, Inc.PALSS, Inc.Peace-WorkPeaceHealthPGH Equality CenterPhiladelphia Department of Public HealthPlaces for PeoplePOCAAN
Poderosos
Pomona Pride Center, Inc.Positive Connections Positive Health Solutions Positively Aware magazine 
Prairie State Legal Services HIV/AIDS Project 
Pride Action Tank 
Pride Center of Vermont Primary Care Development Corporation PROCEED INC. Project Safety NetProject Street Beat at Planned Parenthood of Greater NY Project Vision Hawai’i 
Q Care Plus 
Q CenterQueens Health System Rainbow Advocacy Inclusion & Networking Services – RAINS Rainbow Center 
RAO Community Health Ricky’s Pride 
Ruth Ellis Center 
RWPASafeSex808 
San Diego American Indian Health CenterSga- Delgado & PFLAG New Orleans/ Get Loud Louisiana SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change
SisterLove, Inc Southern Arizona AIDS FoundationSpectrum Medical Stubbs Chiropractic LLC Suffolk County Department of Health ServicesSuffolk County Dept. of Health Services’ Office of Minority Health
Suncoast Health Council, Inc. 
SUNY Sullivan TapestryTerros Health 
The Boston Congress of Public HealthThe Center 
The Center on Colfax 
The Equality Federation 
The Frederick Center 
The H Line (NYS HIV/STI/Hepatitis c Hotline)The Houston Regional HIV/AIDS Resource Group, Inc. 
The Lavender Clinic
The LGBTQ Center Long Beach
The LGBTQ Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center)The Montrose Center 
The Society for Children Orphaned By AIDS Inc. (SOCOBA) 
Tomah VA Medical Center- Department of Veterans AffairsTotalhealthcare 
Twin Health and Wellness Center
Ujima Men’s Collective Unified HIV Health and BeyondUniversity of Kentucky – Target4 Project University of Nevada, Reno University of Southern Maine Health ServicesUntil There’s a Cure Foundation
Urban Health Plan 
VAC | Westbrook Clinics 
Valley Medical Center Variety Care Virginia Department of Health Visiting Nurse Association of Central JerseyVNACJ/Prevention Resource NetworkW King Health Care Group 
Waikiki Health 
Washington AIDS Partnership Washington Health Institute 
Watts Healthcare 
Waves Ahead Puerto Rico WeCanStopSTDsLA 
Wellness Services, Inc. 
Western North Carolina Community Health Services, Inc. 
Woman’s Hospital 
YMCA of Honolulu 
Young Invincibles 
Youth Care Team – Philadelphia Department of Public Health 
Youth for Development and Human Rights Advancement

About the National Coaliton for LGBTQ Health

The National Coalition for LGBTQ Health is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals through federal and local advocacy, medical/consumer education, and health services research. The Coalition serves LGBTQ communities nationally, including individuals of every sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and age regardless of disability, income, education, or geography. Visit HealthLGBTQ.org for more information.