LGBT History Month
LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements.
To celebrate LGBT history month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public, raise awareness of LGBT identities and issues, help public understanding of the complex nature of gender, sex, and romantic and sexual orientation. In addition to considering the needs of LGBT people in programs designed to improve the health of entire communities, there is also a need for culturally competent medical care and prevention services that are specific to this population.
“The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities. Members of the LGBT community are at increased risk for a number of health threats when compared to their heterosexual peers. Differences in sexual behavior account for some of these disparities, but others are associated with social and structural inequities, such as the stigma and discrimination that LGBT populations experience.”
Healthy People 2020 notes that “over the years, it has become clear that individual health is closely linked to population health—the health of the people and the environment in which individuals live, work, and play. Likewise, population health is profoundly affected by the actions, collective beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of everyone who lives in the community.”