Preserving Our Legacy
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In 1981, a small group of dedicated volunteers who were committed to serving Houston’s gay community incorporated the Montrose Clinic, setting up shop in a little house on Westheimer Road. Their mission took on a new urgency the following year when the Centers for Disease Control named AIDS as the main syndrome killing gay men all over the country. The growing epidemic and the urgent need for treatment, education, research, and compassionate care laid the foundation for what is now Legacy Community Health.
Today, Legacy is a full-service medical home for the thousands of men, women, and children who come to our 12 clinics in Houston, Baytown and Beaumont. We’ve changed to meet the growing health care needs in Southeast Texas, but we haven’t changed our commitment to the LGBTQ community.
To celebrate more than three decades of service, we’re launching the Preserving Our Legacy newsletter. Each month, we’ll bring you stories about the people, programs, and innovative health care treatments driving Legacy’s HIV/AIDS services and supporting our LGBTQ clients. We’ll tell you about the latest research and medical treatments, like PrEP, that offer new ways to reduce new HIV diagnoses. You’ll learn more about our legislative, and local advocacy, like our recent involvement in Houston’s HERO ordinance. We’ll highlight events and fundraisers benefiting the LGBTQ community, and show you how you can get involved. We also hope to create opportunities for learning and thoughtful discussions between the generations of the LGBTQ community.