Category Archives: LGBT

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 …

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 …

Legacy Honors the 21st Annual Black HIV Awareness Day

The day is observed annually on February 7. This year’s theme is, “We’re in this together.” By Barrett White   In Harris County, nearly half of all people living with HIV are Black. Meanwhile, the Black community only makes up less than 20% of the population of Harris County. The importance of equitable HIV outreach …

Save the Date: 2020 Legacy HIV Day in our Nation’s Capital

By Carolina Boyd The New Year brings a first for Legacy Community Health. Texas’ largest Federally Qualified Health Center is hosting its first-ever HIV Day in Washington, DC on March 29-31, 2020. The event is being held in conjunction with AIDS United’s AIDSWatch 2020. Three Legacy patients will be selected to attend the event through …

Break up with Tina.

You’ve seen her on the apps: Tina, or T. Or perhaps she took the form of the ice cream emoji, or went by “PNP”. Meth use in the gay community is far reaching – and no one form of recovery works for everyone. By Barrett White   Online dating apps such as Grindr are a …

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, …