March 26-30 is National LGBT Health Awareness Week! This year’s theme is “Come Out for Health.” The National Coalition for LGBT Health issued a Call to Action “for community members, advocates, service providers, and governmental officials to recognize health and wellness as an essential part of the social justice movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, families and the wider community.”
According to the National Coalition for LGBT Health, the 2012 campaign will advance four core LGBT health principles:
- Consumer Empowerment – by making resources available to the LGBT community on how to approach their health care providers about their sexual orientation and gender identity;
- Culturally Competent Services – by directing health care providers to resources on how to become a culturally competent source of services for the LGBT community;
- Engaged Communities – by providing outreach materials to a variety of organizations to encourage participation in LGBT Health Awareness Week; and
- Inclusive Policymaking – will be pursued through a congressional briefing scheduled during LGBT Health Awareness Week, and providing resources to reach out to local and State officials related to LGBT health.
There are a number of events planned throughout the country to commemorate the week of awareness-raising and advocacy for LGBT health.
Key sponsors and supporters of the LGBT Health Awareness Week include the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Mazzoni Center, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. All of these organizations provide great resources for LGBT youth and adults. Additionally, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has a number of resources for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.