LGBT Health Awareness Week Materials

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March 28 – April 1

 

Read the LGBT Awareness Week news release here.


About LGBT Health Awareness Week

The National Coalition for LGBT Health is pleased to announce the 14th annual National LGBT Health Awareness Week, March 28-April 1, with the theme of “OUTvisible: Redefining Stigma in LGBT Healthcare from Invisible to OUTvisble.” 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. LGBT individuals also face discrimination when accessing healthcare.

To see the latest Awareness Week news, visit the Coalition’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

PARTNERS

The Coalition is proud to announce that the following organizations are partnering with the Coalition for LGBT Health Awareness Week:

  • African American Office of Gay Concerns
  • AIDS Alabama
  • AIDS Foundation of Chicago
  • Altimate Health Services
  • American Cancer Society’s LGBT Employee Engagement Group
  • Bee Busy, Inc.
  • Birmingham AIDS Outreach
  • Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
  • Cardea
  • Center for Black Equity
  • Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
  • Community Health Centers, Inc.
  • Diverse & Resilient
  • Get Healthy Philly
  • Greenwich Department of Health
  • Health Care for All New York
  • H.E.L.P. (Helping Extend Life to People)
  • Houston Health Department
  • Howard Brown Health
  • HRHCare Community Health
  • Lambda Legal
  • Magic City Acceptance Center
  • Magic City Wellness Center
  • Mazzoni Center
  • Men’s Health Network
  • Mount Sinai Health System
  • Nashville CARES
  • National Black Justice Coalition
  • National Council for Behavioral Health
  • National Coalition of STD Directors
  • National Youth Pride Services
  • Open Door Health Center of Illinois
  • Out2Enroll
  • PATCH (Providers and Teens Communicating for Health)
  • Planned Parenthood of Illinois
  • PROMO
  • Propel Foundation
  • Quest Diagnostics Pride Network
  • Raising Women’s Voices
  • San Vicente Family Health Center
  • Transgender Education Network of Texas
  • Transgender Law Center
  • Us Helping Us
  • Valley AIDS Council, Rio Grande Valley, Texas
  • Whitman-Walker Health

To become a Partner on the Week, contact Ryan Meyer at ryan@healthlgbt.org or 202.507.4735.

LOGOS

Right click on the following images to download this year’s official LGBT Health Awareness Week logos:

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ACTIVITIES

Activities for the Week include:

  • Monday, March 28 at 3 PM EST – #MillennialMon Twitter Chat with Out2Enroll
  • Tuesday, March 29 at 1 PM EST – OUTcompetent: Culturally Competency and the stigmatization of STDs, HIV, PrEP, and mental health.
  • Wednesday, March 30 at 2 PM EST – #WellnessWed Twitter Chat with Out2Enroll
  • Forthcoming: A webinar on stigma in Transgender healthcare.

GOALS

For the National Coalition for LGBT Health, the top goals of this year’s LGBT Health Awareness Week are:

  • Raising awareness of LGBT health disparities among policy-makers, the public, and the LGBT community
  • Educating the public about stigma and discrimination LGBT individuals face in the healthcare system

You can participate in this LGBT Awareness Week by through the following hashtags and social media handles, social media posts, Twitter Chats, and webinars.

#Hashtags

On social media, the Coalition will be using the following hashtags throughout the week. These hashtags are included in the sample Facebook posts and Tweets below. Please use them in drafting your own Tweets. You may use any or all hashtags that correspond with LGBT Health related posts you plan to share throughout the Week. Use them with news stories, local health facts, and more. Please be creative and please tag the National Coalition for LGBT Health in your posts as well.

#OUTvisible
#LGBTHealthWeek
#LGBTHealth


Sample Posts and Tweets
Below are sample Facebook posts and Tweets that the Coalition and its partners will be using throughout LGBT Health Awareness Week on social media. Scroll down or click to find sample posts by topic:

STIs | Out to Provider | Access to Care | Behavioral Health | HIV | PrEP | Stigma Physical Health 


STIs

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Sexually active gay and bisexual men should get tested every 3 to 6 months for STIs, according to @CDCgov. Find the testing location nearest you at locator.aids.gov or gettested.cdc.gov. #LGBTHealthFacts #OUTcompetent #LGBTHealthWeek

HPV is the most common STI and a major cause of cervical, anal, and mouth cancers. MSM are 17x more likely to develop anal cancer, and the HPV vaccine could reduce anal cancer rates among MSM in the future.

Twitter
Sexually active gay and bisexual men should get tested every 3-6 months for STIs —.@CDCgov. #OUTvisible #OUTcompetent #LGBTHealth #STIs

Rates of STIs among MSM have been increasing #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

MSM account for 72% of new Syphilis cases and 15-25% of new Hepatitis B infections.#LGBTHealth #OUTvisible #STIs

HPV most common STI, major cause of anal cancer. MSM 17x more likely to develop anal cancer. HPV vaccine could reduce rates. #LGBTHealth #STIs

A majority of transgender women are unaware of their STI status #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

 


OUT TO PROVIDER

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Stigma needs to become #OUTvisible because 1 in 5 LGBT individuals reported withholding information about their sexual history. #LGBTHealthWeek

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We’re #OUTvisible b/c 1 in 5 LGBTs reported withholding info about sexual history #LGBTHealthWeek

 


ACCESS TO CARE

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Almost 20% of people with HIV have been denied needed care. #OUTvisible #LGBTHealthWeek

31% of gay and bisexual men say they don’t have a regular place to go to receive medical care or do not have a regular physician. #OUTvisible

Elderly LGBTs face barriers to health due to isolation, lack of social services #OUTvisible #LGBTHealthWeek

It is difficult to get data on transgender populations because information is not gathered uniformly #OUTvisible #LGBTHealthWeek

Many health insurance plans have transgender – specific exclusions that deny transgender individuals coverage for some services #OUTvisible

Trans people have a high prevalence of mental health issues, HIV, STIs, but least likely to have health insurance #OUTvisible #LGBTHealth

19.5% of bisexual men and 18.5% of bisexual woman rated their health as “fair or poor” #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

 


BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

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Discrimination and stigma contribute to higher rates of mental illness in LGBT individuals, which is why we are shining a light on stigma this week for LGBT Health Awareness Week. LGBT individuals are 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

LGB youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual youth. If you need a safe, judgement-free place to talk, call the Trevor Project at 866-488-7386 #LGBTHealthWeek #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

Twitter
Discrimination and stigma contribute to higher rates of mental illness among LGBT individuals. #OUTvisible #LGBTHealth

LGBT individuals 2.5x more likely to experience depression, anxiety, substance abuse. #OUTvisible #LGBTHealth

Lack of acceptance from family contributes to higher rates of mental illness, substance abuse among LGBT individuals #OUTvisible #LGBTHealth

LGB youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide. .@TrevorProject is a safe place to talk: 866-488-7386 #OUTvisible #LGBTHealthWeek

Bisexual men are more likely to have mental health issues compared to gay men #OUTvisible #LGBTHealth

1 in 10 bisexual women have experienced serious psychological distress in the past 30 days #OUTvisible #LGBTHealth

Bisexual men and women are more likely to smoke than all other men and women #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

Smoking rates are higher for lesbian and bisexual women than heterosexual women #OUTvisible #LGBTHealth

 


HIV

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Only 30% of gay and bisexual men say they were tested for HIV in the past year. Find the testing location nearest you at locator.aids.gov or gettested.cdc.gov. #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

30% of gay and bisexual men have never gotten tested for HIV, because they do not consider themselves at risk. Find the testing location nearest you at locator.aids.gov or gettested.cdc.gov. #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

In 2010, Gay, Bisexual, and men who have sex with men (MSM) represent 2% of the U.S. population, but account for 56% of people living with HIV, and 66% of new HIV infections.

44% of gay and bisexual men under 35 have never gotten tested for HIV. Find the testing location nearest you at  locator.aids.gov or gettested.cdc.gov. #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

In 2010, among HIV-positive men who have sex with men, only 51% of MSM with HIV are retained in treatment over a year in 2010. #OUTvisible #LGBTHealth #HIV

28% of Transgender women are living with HIV, and many do not know their status. Find the testing location nearest you at locator.aids.gov or gettested.cdc.gov. #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

Twitter

56% of gay and bisexual men say they have never been recommended to take an HIV test #OUTvisible #LGBTHealth

Only 30% of gay, bisexual men were tested for HIV in past yr. Find test location near you: locator.aids.gov. #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

Gay, Bisexual, MSM are 2% of US population, but 56% of people living with HIV and 66% of new HIV infections #HIV #OUTvisible #LGBTHealth

30% of gay, bisexual men have never gotten tested for HIV. Find test location near you: locator.aids.gov. #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

44% of gay, bisexual men under 35 have never gotten tested for HIV. Find test location near you: locator.aids.gov. #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

In 2010, among MSM with HIV, only 51% of MSM with HIV are retained in treatment over a year in 2010. #OUTvisible #LGBTHealth #HIV

28% of Transgender women live w/ HIV. Many don’t know their status. Find testing locations near you: locator.aids.gov #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

90% of transgender women newly diagnosed w/ HIV are African American or Latina #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

 


PrEP

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“I began taking Truvada on July 19, 2011, and haven’t missed a dose since.” Read how one man decided that #PrEP was the right prevention strategy for him: http://goo.gl/5li5Lz  #OUTvisible

Twitter

Only 26% of gay and bisexual men know about #PrEP. http://goo.gl/ARy8Xv #OUTvisible #StartTalkingHIV #LGBTHealth

Do you know about PrEP? Taken daily, PrEP reduces the risk of HIV by over 90%. Talk to your doctor about PrEP.

PrEP reduces the risk of HIV by over 90% when taken daily. #OUTvisible #LGBTHealth #PrEP

“I began taking Truvada on July 19, 2011, and haven’t missed a dose since.”http://goo.gl/5li5Lz  #PrEP #OUTvisible

.@DamonLJacobs candid discussion on his decision to take http://goo.gl/5li5Lz #PrEP #OUTvisiblep://goo.gl/5li5Lz

 


Physical Health

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Heart disease is top killer of women. Risk factors include obesity, stress, smoking – all high among lesbians #OUTvisible #LGBTHealth

Lesbians and bisexual women are more likely to be overweight or obese #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

Lesbians have lower rates of breast and cervical cancer screenings compared to heterosexual women #OUTvisible #LGBTHealth

Almost half of bisexual women have been raped and about 75% have experienced other forms of sexual violence #LGBTHealth #OUTvisible

 


STIGMA AIDS.GOV BLOG

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“Reducing stigma is a key step of the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy. For the first time, the strategy commits to developing an indicator to measure HIV stigma and tracking progress toward that goal. While the Strategy provides a vision for eliminating stigma in the U.S., it’s up to each of us to fight against it in our personal and professional lives.” #OUTvisible #LGBTHealthWeek https://goo.gl/mQMO9yhttps://goo.gl/mh3zQP

Make Stigma #OUTvisible by “supporting the rights of those living with HIV to effective medical treatment, employment, housing, loving relationships, and lives free of discrimination.” https://goo.gl/mh3zQP

Twitter

“There’s no way to know for sure, but I believe that stigma is the main reason he’s not alive today.” https://goo.gl/mQMO9y

“I believe that, if it weren’t for the stigma, John would have taken his medication every day and he wouldn’t have lost all hope.” https://goo.gl/mQMO9y #OUTvisible

Make stigma #OUTvisible because reducing stigma is a key step of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. https://goo.gl/mh3zQP

Reducing stigma is a key step of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and it’s our focus for this #LGBTHealthWeek. https://goo.gl/mh3zQP

Make Stigma #OUTvisible by supporting rights of those living with HIV to effective treatment & lives free of discrimination https://goo.gl/mh3zQP

CONTACT

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