November 11, 2016 at 12:45 pm EST | by Staff reports
Task Force offers guide to pressing health issues
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WASHINGTON — A new guide on LGBT health issues was released last week from the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund and the National Coalition for LGBT Health to educate voters on top gay health priorities the two organizations plan to focus on in the coming years.

The guide, dubbed the “10 Key LGBTQ Health Advocacy Priorities Guide,” is billed as an unprecedented document.

“This new guide is like no other as it outlines critical health care issues through an intersectional approach,” said Candace Bond-Theriault, policy counsel for reproductive rights, health and justice at the Task Force. “It takes into consideration the realities that make up the everyday lives of LGBTQ people such as racial injustice, economic injustice, gender inequality and immigration status. We believe that in order to improve the lives and health of all LGBTQ people, a clear understanding that these issues overlap is necessary.”

The guide lists the following 10 key areas as priorities: advocating for reproductive health, rights and justice; creating an AIDS-free generation, promoting HIV harm reduction and increasing access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP); expanding public education and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI) and sexually transmitted diseases (STD); supporting LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness; improving transgender health care; addressing religious exemptions and nondiscrimination laws; promoting LGBTQ cultural competency; improving access to mental health; expanding access to affordable health care; and ending violence against LGBTQ people.

Although the guide was designed to educate voters prior to the election this week, the issues are relevant regardless of the outcome.

Both organizations will host workshops, trainings and informational sessions on these priority health advocacy issues during the 2017 Creating Change Conference on Jan. 18-22 and SYNChronicity 2017: the National Conference on HIV, HCV and LGBT Health, set for April 24-25.

The guide is available online at or on the website for the National Coalition for LGBT Health.

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