The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community includes people from diverse backgrounds. Community members vary by race, ethnicity, age, income, and education. For some, sexual orientation or gender identity is central to their self-concept, while for others, this is not the case. Despite differences among LGBT people, one experience many share is that of stigma or discrimination. This social inequality is often associated with poorer health status.
LGBT Health Awareness Week
March 28 – April 1, 2016
LGBT Health Awareness Week is observed the week of March 28, 2016. The National Coalition for LGBT Health created LGBT Health Awareness Week in 2003 to bring attention to LGBT health issues and health disparities. The National Coalition for LGBT Health and partners are shedding a light on the invisible stigma that LGBT individuals face in healthcare with this year’s theme – OUTvisible: Redefining Stigma in LGBT Healthcare from Invisible to OUTvisible.
Evidence indicates that Wisconsin's LGBT youth and adults experience greater adverse health outcomes with regard to alcohol, drug, and tobacco use, safety and violence, mental health, and HIV/AIDS when compared to their non-LGBT peers.
In order to create a healthy environment and reduce health inequities, LGBT people must have access to culturally competent medical treatment and prevention services and must be included in public health outreach programs. The first step toward accomplishing this goal is to make the LGBT community, service providers, educators, and the broader public aware of health issues affecting LGBT people and to make resources available to address these issues.
For more information on the 2016 observance of LGBT Health Awareness Week, visit the website of the National Coalition for LGBT Health at http://www.healthhiv.org/sites-causes/national-coalition-for-lgbt-health/.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National HIV Prevention Campaign
The campaign Start Talking. Stop HIV. promotes open communication about HIV prevention strategies among gay and bisexual men. The campaign includes a range of media formats available for prevention education and promotion efforts. For more information, visit the Start Talking. Stop HIV campaign.