Category Archives: Advocacy

Legacy Honors Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 13 through November 19 is Transgender Awareness Week, followed by Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20. During this time, Legacy honors the transgender community who have helped pave the way for LGBTQ+ equality. By Barrett White   The LGBTQ+ community has seen much progress over the last 50 years. Individuals identifying as lesbian, …

Legacy Recognizes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We take this time to celebrate survivors, remember victims, and educate ourselves on this important issue. By Kristy Miller, Clinical Social Worker   The numbers speak for themselves: On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one …

With Legacy’s ‘Best Pharmacy’ Win, We Celebrate PrEP

Legacy Community Health thanks OutSmart Magazine for our 2019 Gayest and Greatest Awards for Best Pharmacy and Best Community Health Services Provider. By Barrett White   The staff at Legacy Community Health could not be more excited over OutSmart Magazine’s acknowledgement of our pharmacy. To celebrate our Gayest and Greatest Award, we would like to …

The HIV fight has changed. A new generation of activists is here.

By Barrett White One was an HIV activist at the height of the crisis. One continues the fight today, for a new generation. We sat down with both of them to discuss the role of the activist – then and now – and where the fight to end HIV is heading.   In the late …

The Houston Homeless Crisis: Legacy collecting donations throughout August

According to an annual census, the homeless population in Houston has dropped since 2011. For those still on the streets, collaborations between organizations like Legacy, The Montrose Center, and Healthcare for the Homeless are essential. By Barrett White   “Social determinants of health” might be a mouthful to say, but it’s a term we should …

Today is National HIV Testing Day. Do you know your status?

Eliminating the stigma begins with knowing your status. By Barrett White   Today, health care providers throughout the nation are highlighting the importance of HIV prevention and the end of HIV stigma. On average, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are nearly 40,000 new HIV transmissions every year, with the highest rates …

Build Your Body: Legacy’s Felicia Lee-Sexton on Building Confidence

People living with HIV may find it difficult to keep muscle mass. Transgender individuals often look to build a physique to match their gender. Enter Legacy’s Body Positive program. By Barrett White   For those living with HIV and struggling with wasting, or those in transition who are looking to form their bodies to match …

Houston and Beaumont Celebrate 50 Years of the Modern LGBTQ Movement

It’s been 50 years since the birth of the modern LGBTQ liberation movement. How two cities—one that has celebrated Pride for five years, and one for over forty—are showing up for equality. By Barrett White   Incredibly, it’s been 50 years since the modern movement toward LGBTQ rights was kicked off at the Stonewall Inn …

Honoring the community on National Long-Term Survivors Day

June 5 is National Long-Term Survivors Day. Many of those who survived the height of the AIDS crisis are aging, and what that can mean for HIV treatment. By Barrett White   When the virus first struck the United States, it was considered fatal. Just before the crisis began, Montrose Clinic—what Legacy was known as …

What is the Banyan Tree Project?

May 19 is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. By Barrett White   In 2005, we celebrated the first Asian and Pacific Islander HIV Awareness Day. The effort was spearheaded by a group in California, API Wellness. The faces of the AIDS crisis were predominantly White gay men, and presently, the most at-risk …