March 12, 2014 | by Staff reports
N.Y. Pride group hosts LGBT Health Month
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ALBANY, N.Y. — The Empire State Pride Agenda last week announced the fifth annual LGBT Health Month in New York. The campaign is designed to bring awareness to the health needs of LGBT residents, WAMC Northeast Public Radio reports.

Assembly member Dick Gottfried and Sen. Neil Breslin, both Democrats, were the drivers behind the New York State Legislature resolution designating March as “Official LGBT Health Month.” Organizers point to troubling statistics: just over 31 percent of gay and lesbian people in poverty lack health insurance; fewer than half of lesbian and gay women between the ages of 18 and 24 have ever had a pap test; and a higher percentage of LGBT people smoke cigarettes. All of these numbers represent significant threats to health, the station reports.

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