Author Archives: Barrett White

Legacy Celebrates Pride Month 2020

Though the festivals are cancelled or postponed across the country, that doesn’t mean that the spirit of Pride itself has been shuttered. By Barrett White   The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put a temporary hold on large social gatherings like Pride parades, concerts, festivals – you name it. That doesn’t mean that Pride itself is …

Legacy Celebrates the LGBTQ+ Community May 17

May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. By Barrett White   In 1990, the World Health Organization declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder, a decision that activists called long overdue. In 2004, the anniversary of the decision, May 17, became the international observance day to celebrate and empower the community. The International …

Sobriety in the Age of Staying-At-Home

Twelve-step programs are the cornerstone of balanced mental health for many struggling with alcohol use. When you can’t gather, how can you coalesce among peers? By Barrett White   Nobody should struggle alone. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are thought to be as bad as – if not worse than, in some cases – withdrawals from heavy …

Legacy Honors Lesbian Visibility Day

By Barrett White Sunday, April 26 is Lesbian Visibility Day, 2020.   The LGBTQ+ movement for equality owes a lot to the hard work of the lesbian community. Each April, the community recognizes lesbians past and present for their contributions to equality. After all, right here in Houston, we were the first major city in …

April 18 is National Transgender HIV Testing Day. Do you know your status?

Eliminating the stigma begins with knowing your status. By Barrett White   On average, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are nearly 40,000 new HIV transmissions every year, with the highest rates found in the South—and of major cities in the South, Houston is a hotbed for new infections. In the most …

Teen Health Week: Senior Check-Out

Legacy puts high school seniors at the helm of their health care as they set off for the real world. By Barrett White   Oh, how I wish someone had explained to me the meanings of deductibles, FQHCs, university clinics, emergency rooms, and private or marketplace health insurance. In fact, there are many adults who …

Teen Health Week: Legacy Comes to You

Legacy clinics are co-located in 21 schools in the Houston region, serving hundreds of students across multiple service lines – and now online. By Barrett White   Since 2012, parents of students enrolled in one of the 21 Houston-area KIPP and YES Prep schools with Legacy clinics in them have not had to worry about …

Legacy is still your home for medical care.

There is much confusion in these times, but Legacy wants you to know that you’re still welcome. By Barrett White   With all of the confusion around who is allowed to leave the home, and where you’re allowed to leave it to, and who is even open anyway – Legacy reminds you that we are …

Navigating the Trans Experience During Coronavirus/COVID-19

The Transgender Education Network of Texas is offering guidance for transgender patients during the pandemic. By Barrett White   The Transgender Education Network of Texas (TENT) provides shelter and safety for transgender Texans every day in the form of resources, community activism, and even grassroots work in Austin, but their work is especially important during …

What is ‘social distancing’? How do I handle it?

With health officials across the country asking that we all practice ‘social distancing,’ the direction leaves many asking what that even means. Updated Jun 24, 2020 By Barrett White What is social distancing, and what’s the difference between that and going into quarantine? Social distancing is a measure taken by the public to restrict when …