LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Health Awareness Week is March 25th – 29th. The theme for 2013 is Come Out for Health. Per the American Psychological Association, the 4 principles for this year include:
- — by making resources available to the LGBT community on how to approach their health care providers about their sexual orientation and gender identity;
- — by directing health care providers to resources on how to become a culturally competent source of services for the LGBT community;
- — by providing outreach materials to a variety of organizations to encourage participation in LGBT Health Awareness Week; and
- — by engaging Congress and federal administration during LGBT Health Awareness Week and providing resources to reach out to local and state officials related to LGBT Health.
APA's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office provides a range of information and resources for increasing psychologists' and others' cultural competence concerning LGBT health and this year launched a new webpage for .
How can you get involved?
There are several ways you and your community can support LGBT Health Awareness week.
- Set up an event in your community (e.g., round table discussion, health fair)
- Write a letter to your senator and/or congressman in support of LGBT rights
- Pledge a commitment to LGBT health
Resources for professionals:
APA Guidelines for Practice with LGBT Clients http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/guidelines.aspx
Marriage and Family Issues of LGBT People http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/marriage-and-family.aspx
Fact sheet on Psychological and Social Outcomes of Children of Same-Sex Couples http://www.spssi.org/_data/n_0001/resources/live/Factsheet_Psychological_Social_Adjustment_V5.pdf
LGBT Families of Color: Fact sheet http://lgbtmap.org/lgbt-families-of-color-facts-at-a-glance
Human Rights Campaign- Guide to state level advocacy against hate crimes http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/a-guide-to-state-level-advocacy-following-enactment-of-the-matthew-she
Resource for parents:
Human Rights Campaign Parenting Resources:
Resource Guide for Coming Out
For African Americans http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/resource-guide-to-coming-out-for-african-americans
For Asian Americans http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/family-and-coming-out-issues-for-asian-pacific-americans