Today Starts National LGBT Health Awareness Week


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National Coalition for LGBT Health
2000 S St. NW
Washington, DC 20009


For Immediate Release:

March 9, 2017


Ryan Meyer
National Coalition for LGBT Health

51 Partner Organizations Join Awareness Efforts

National Coalition for LGBT Health Announces

“ACT OUT For LGBT Health!

Action on Health Access and Equity”

as 2017 National LGBT Health Awareness Week Theme

March 27 – 31, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC, March 9, 2017–The National Coalition for LGBT Health, which created National LGBT Health Awareness Week in 2003, announces the theme of the 15th annual National LGBT Health Awareness Week, “ACT OUT for LGBT Health! Action on Health Access and Equity.” 

“The theme was determined through a survey of over 80 member organization respondents,” said Coalition Executive Director Brian Hujdich. “Throughout the Week, the Coalition will lead advocacy and education efforts in partnership with numerous member organizations and advocates dedicated to achieving LGBT health equity.”

During National LGBT Health Awareness Week, the Coalition will provide educational materials and a social media toolkit for advocates and partner organizations to use throughout the Week. The coalition will provide a daily guide for improving LGBT Health in local communities through different actions. 

Partners for National LGBT Health Awareness Week participate in Coalition activities throughout the Week, as well as conduct their own activities. Partners also help extend the reach of the Week through social media activity and other promotions. Contact Ryan Meyer at or Benjamin Brooks at to list your organization’s events in a special edition of the Coalition’s newsletter for National LGBT Health Awareness Week.

Click here to become a Partner for the Week.

This year, the Coalition is joined by 51 partner organizations, including:

  • African American Office of Gay Concerns
  • Austin CBC – Hektoen Institute
  • Avita Pharmacy
  • BiNet USA
  • Bisexual Resource Center
  • California LGBT Health and Human Services Network
  • Center for Black Equity, Inc. 
  • Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, UCSF
  • Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Crescent Community Health Center
  • Department of Public Health City of St Louis
  • Equality North Carolina
  • Equality Texas
  • Equitas Health
  • Equitas Health Institute for LGBTQ Health Equity
  • Golden Rule Services
  • Greenwich Department of Health
  • Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective
  • Health Education Learning Project
  • HealthHIV
  • Hudson River Health Care 
  • India Street Public Health Clinic
  • LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton
  • Magic City Acceptance Center
  • Magic City Wellness Center
  • Mount Sinai Health System
  • NAESM, Inc.
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • One Colorado
  • Open Door Health Center of Illinois
  • Our Safe Space Ally Center
  • Out2Enroll
  • Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Get Healthy Philly
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Rad Care
  • REACH Initiative Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
  • RIT Student Wellness
  • Rollins School of Public Health
  • Seventh-day Adventist Kinship, International, Inc.
  • South End Community Health Center
  • South Florida Bisexual+ Network
  • Test Positive Aware Network
  • The AIDS Institute
  • The Alliance for Positive Change
  • The American Cancer Society
  • Univeral Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill LGBTQ Health Disparities Research Collaborative
  • Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health
  • Wellness Service Inc
  • Whitman-Walker Health

About National LGBT Health Awareness Week

The Coalition looks forward to continuing the 15 year legacy of working with member organizations to improve the health of LGBT communities. In 2003, the Coalition created National LGBT Health Awareness Week as a time to educate the LGBT community and policymakers about LGBT health disparities. Last year, the theme of the Week was OUTvisible: Redefining Stigma in LGBT Healthcare from Invisible to OUTvisible. During the Week, the Coalition and partners shed light on stigma experienced by LGBT individuals in healthcare settings and raised awareness of LGBT health disparities through a social media campaign with 48 partner organizations and educational activities. The Coalition conducted a webinar, OUTcompetent: Cultural Competency and the Stigmatization of STDs, HIV, PrEP, and Mental Health, for healthcare providers.

About the National Coalition for LGBT Health

The National Coalition for LGBT Health is dedicated to achieving LGBT health equity. The Coalition is comprised of leaders from national and state LGBT organizations, health centers, health departments, universities, health organizations, clinical and behavioral health providers, and LGBT individuals and allies who are committed to addressing LGBT health. For more information, or to join the Coalition, visit



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