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GMHC Statement for National LGBT Health Awareness Week

3.27.2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cub Barrett | 212-367-1561 | cubb@gmhc.org
Kenneth Londono | 646-335-0420 | kenneth.Londono@berlinrosen.com

New York, NY--The following is a statement from Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) CEO Kelsey Louie for the 16th annual National LGBT Health Awareness Week, March 26-30. The 2018 theme is "OUTfront for LGBT."

During these trying times in our country, we continue to bear witness to the significant challenges facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and gender non-conforming (GNC) people that affect their health and well-being. They often face social stigma, discrimination, and other obstacles not encountered by people who identify as heterosexual. They also experience a greater risk of harassment and violence. Other critical realities include:
 
GMHC remains dedicated to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBT and GNC people to access care services, to volunteer, and to work. We partner with HIV and AIDS organizations, community-based organizations, social service agencies, and elected officials to advocate for the rights of all people, and to ensure that all staff in health care settings are trained to engage respectfully with people of every sexuality and gender expression. These ongoing steps--and much more--help LGBT and GNC people attain the highest possible level of health and well-being.
 

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About Gay Men's Health Crisis: Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is the world's first HIV/AIDS service organization. GMHC is on the front lines providing services to over 12,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs include: testing, prevention, nutrition, legal, supportive housing, mental health and substance use services. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal levels with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic. For more information, visit  www.gmhc.org.