I couldn’t get to this yesterday, but it’s still timely: this week, from March 28 to April 3, marks LGBT Health Awareness Week in the U.S. This year’s theme is “Closing the Gap,” the gap being the compromised health care that the queer community gets, in large part due to fear and prejudice, and, ya know, that kyriarchy thing we’re always squawking about.
This week is sponsored by the National Coalition for LGBT Health, which has put together a nice website with all kinds of resources, including a list of events and things you can do to support the cause, whether or not you’re queer (everyone can call their government reps or write a letter to the editor).
The healthcare (insurance) reform bill was signed into law last week, but that barely scratches the surface of the particular problems faced by people who don’t hew to the heteronormative model: access to educated and allied doctors being only the beginning.
The National Coalition also has some great fact sheets that you might want to consult when you’re writing those impassioned letters, or even just to educate yourself so you can be a better advocate/ally for the LGBTQ community all 52 weeks of the year.