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LGBT Health Story blog launches today

WASHINGTON -- The National Coalition for LGBT Health, Rainbow Access Initiative and partners today are launching LGBT Health Story blog HERE.

This is a national initiative to collect personal healthcare stories, told in the first-person on video and in-print by LGBT healthcare consumers.

The goal of the project is to encourage the LGBT community to respond to the following call to action. Everyone has a healthcare story and we want to hear yours. Need a topic to get you started?

- Tell us how federal healthcare reform (the Affordable Care Act) has or how it will impact you?

- Tell us about a recent encounter — good or bad — that you had with a healthcare provider.

- Do you have health needs that are not being met by the current health care system?

- How would you know if your healthcare provider was LGBT culturally competent?

Come out for LGBT health by visiting the website and sharing your healthcare story today.

The 10th annual National LGBT Health Awareness Week, a nationwide event that seeks to promote LGBT health, runs March 26–30.

LGBT Health Awareness Week is organized by the National Coalition for LGBT Health with support from its planning committee partners, which include Centerlink: The Community of LGBT Centers, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the International Federation of Black Prides, Lambda Legal, the LBGT Caucus of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Legacy Community Health Center, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Network for LGBT Health Equity, and OutHealth: A Program of Health Imperatives.

About the National Coalition for LGBT Health

The National Coalition for LGBT Health is committed to improving the health and well-being of LGBT individuals and communities through public education, coalition building and advocacy that focuses on research, policy, education and training. Based in Washington, D.C., the Coalition includes more than 80 member organizations from throughout the United States. Each spring, the Coalition sponsors National LGBT Health Awareness Week. For more information about the Coalition, visit HERE.

About the Rainbow Access Initiative

Rainbow Access Initiative is an all-volunteer organization that seeks to inform and educate health care and human service professionals in the unique aspects of LGBTQ specific health issues, and to inform and educate the LGBTQ public about options they have in obtaining culturally-competent treatment. Please look around - we have a great deal of information here from which to become better informed. For more information about Rainbow Access Initiative, visit HERE.