Friday Five – LGBTQ+ Pride Month: The Healthcare Challenge
Pride Month is an annual celebration of the many contributions made by the LGBTQ+ community to history, society and cultures worldwide. In the United States, Pride is celebrated throughout the month of June each year in commemoration of its roots in the Stonewall Riots of June 1969. This week’s Friday Five honors Pride Month and takes a look at some of the issues and innovation around LGBTQ+ healthcare.
Cedars-Sinai Creates Safe Space for High-Quality LGBTQ+ Healthcare
Cedars-Sinai (@CedarsSinai) has opened a new LGBTQ+ Center, bringing together specialists in primary care, pediatrics, transgender surgery, reconstructive surgery and anal cancer screening to meet the needs of patients in an inclusive and culturally sensitive setting.
LGBQ+ Students Continue to Face Mental Health Challenges
2021 #CDCYRBS findings show LGBQ+ students continue to face mental health challenges:
➡️52% experienced poor mental health during the past month
➡️22% attempted suicide in the past year#MentalHealthAwarenessMonth https://t.co/i9pgamnc1d pic.twitter.com/q1GWWLwzWy
— CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (@CDC_DASH) May 12, 2023
After Years in Practice, Why this Internist Came Out to Patients
Little Rock, Arkansas, general internist Riley Wagner Lipschitz, MD, wanted to share her joy about her pregnancy with her patients. To do so fully, she realized, she had to share more of herself. Once her twins were born, she revealed to her patients that she is a lesbian, married to a woman who was staying at home to take care of their children.
— AMA (@AmerMedicalAssn) June 1, 2023
LGBTQ+ Veteran care
The Department of Veterans Affairs (@DeptVetAffairs) welcomes all Veterans, families, caregivers, and survivor beneficiaries, including diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. As a healthcare institution, the department needs to make sure that LGBTQ+ Veterans know that they are welcome at Veterans Health Administration (VHA).
— Veterans Affairs (@DeptVetAffairs) June 1, 2023