Tag 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 Community Health Sees Nearly 60% Rise in Applications for HIV/AIDS Medication Program during COVID

Temporary Changes in State Requirements Help Patients Get Extra Month of Medications HOUSTON (June 5, 2020) – Since mid-March when statewide restrictions were put in place to flatten the number of COVID-19 cases, Legacy Community Health Financial Services has seen a 58.5% increase from the average number of completed applications for the Texas HIV Medication …

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 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 …

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 …

Invisible Women: A Legacy of Lesbian Health

By Barrett White Though lesbian women have largely the same health concerns as their heterosexual counterparts, there are notable differences in the communities which often go overlooked in mainstream health care.   In many ways, lesbian women have the same healthcare needs as any woman, regardless of sexuality; however, unlike straight women, they are at …

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 …

TasP v. PrEP – Utilizing the HIV prevention toolkit

People who are not considered “at risk” of contracting HIV may not be familiar with terms like TasP and PrEP – but these are invaluable tools in the fight to end HIV. Here’s what they are, and here’s how we use them. By Barrett White   Although there have been recent breakthroughs, there is no …

Disparity, Dysphoria, and Deadnaming: Addressing the Health Care Gap for Transmen

According to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, only 29 percent of providers were comfortable providing a cervical cancer screening to a transgender man. Eleven percent flat-out refused. Legacy aims to tackle the disparity. By Barrett White   Accessing health care can sometimes feel like an uphill battle regardless of who …