Category Archives: Advocacy

A Legacy of LGBTQ Pioneers in Medicine

By Barrett White Today is National Coming-Out Day. LGBTQ History Month runs from October 1-31.   It’s well established that June is LGBTQ Pride Month in recognition of the Stonewall Riots of June 1969, so why do we celebrate LGBTQ History Month in October? According to the observance’s official homepage, in 1994, Rodney Wilson, a …

Legacy Celebrates Bisexual Awareness Week

By Barrett White Bisexual Awareness Week runs annually from September 16 to 23.   So, what is Bisexual Awareness Week? Each year, GLAAD, the Bisexual Resource Center, and Still Bisexual recognize the bisexual community during Bisexual Awareness Week from September 16 to 23, culminating with Celebrate Bisexuality Day on September 23. According to GLAAD, who …

August 20 is Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By Barrett White Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day raises awareness of the impact HIV has on people living in the Southern U.S.   Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (SHAAD) is observed annually on August 20. The Southern AIDS Coalition originally initiated this observance in 2019 to bring awareness to the disproportionate impact of HIV in the South. …

July is Minority Mental Health Month

By Barrett White TW: Mental health outcomes. Mental health is often overlooked in minority communities in the United States. Let’s change that.   Across the country, millions of people face the reality of living with a mental health condition. Legacy observes National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month each July to bring awareness to the struggles …

July 14 is International Nonbinary People’s Day

By Barrett White July 14 is annually observed as a day where we can especially uplift those who identify as nonbinary, celebrating the great diversity of the LGBTQ+ community.   July 14 is International Non-Binary People’s Day. This observance celebrates the great diversity of the LGBTQ+ community by highlighting gender diverse individuals and telling their …

Ending Asian & Pacific Islander HIV Stigma Starts Here

May 19 is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. By Barrett White   May 19 is Asian and Pacific Islander HIV Awareness Day. The observance was first celebrated in 2005, an effort spearheaded by API Wellness. In the beginning of the AIDS crisis, the epidemic predominantly affected white gay men. Presently, the most …

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 …

Legacy Staff Demonstrate the Meaning of Public Health

National Public Health Week is observed April 5–11, 2021. By Barrett White   With the COVID-19 pandemic not yet behind us, we are living through the most challenging public health crisis of our lifetimes. Now more than ever, it is important to celebrate public health – and the public health workers who dedicate their time …

March 31 is International Day of Trans Visibility

International Day of Trans Visibility honors the achievements and contributions of transgender individuals. By Barrett White   Today marks the 12th annual International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV). At the time that the annual observance was founded in 2009, the only widely-held observance honoring transgender and gender nonconforming people was Transgender Day of Remembrance, which …

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is an annual observance that takes place on March 10. By Barrett White   Did you know that a woman in Texas is diagnosed with HIV every 12 hours? Though the HIV epidemic may not get as many headlines, HIV infections are still on the rise. This …