Tag Archives: LGBTQ

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 …

Celebrating Lesbian Visibility Week

By Barrett White Lesbian Visibility Week is observed each year on April 26 – May 2.   Lesbian Visibility Week has been observed every April 26 – May 2 since 2008. Here locally, the lesbian community has a long history of activism, community building, and endless strength in the work for LGBTQ+ equity: one of …

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 …

National LGBTQ+ Health Awareness Week is March 22 – 26

The annual observance shines a light on health inequities experienced by LGBTQ+ folk – and uplifts LGBTQ+ providers working to turn the tide. By Barrett White   Every day, Legacy honors the ethos of National LGBTQ+ Health Awareness Week, dating back to our humble beginnings as a volunteer-run STI clinic operating out of a house …

At-Home HIV Testing Available Through Legacy

At-home testing is free, fast, easy, and discreet, and comes with the same patient navigation you get with an in-person visit. By Barrett White   Considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no wonder that some people would rather stay home than walk into a clinic. COVID-19 isn’t the only virus out there though, and viruses …

Legacy Community Health Wins Five 2020 Gayest & Greatest Reader’s Choice Awards

The annual contest also features 20 Legacy award finalists. By Legacy Community Health   Legacy Community Health could not be more proud to be the recipient of five Gayest & Greatest reader’s choice awards by OutSmart Magazine. Twenty other Legacy individuals and services landed finalist spots in the 2020 annual award season, including the Communications …

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 …

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 …

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 …