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Local organizations team up for LGBTQ Health Awareness Week

Posted at 3:59 AM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 07:57:00-04

The last week in March is recognized as LGBTQ Health Awareness Week.

GALA is partnering with several local organizations during the course of the week.

In an email, GALA’s Executive Director Michelle Call said the organization and Planned Parenthood will be announcing that all local Planned Parenthood offices will begin offering hormones for gender transition beginning this Summer, and reminding LGBTQ+ folks about current services including OB-GYN services for trans men.

Call also stated GALA and The Tobacco Control Program will be announcing that The GALA Center will be a tobacco-free area beginning on April 1, 2019. “This announcement will be accompanied by new signage, an invitation to an informational meeting and possible smoking cessation classes, and information about LGBTQ+ tobacco disparities,” she stated.

GALA and Tenet – Sierra Vista and Twin Cities Hospitals are releasing a fact sheet which will be displayed in hospitals. That fact sheet includes a recent study done showing LGBTQ youth are 3.9 times more likely to report a suicide attempt than their heterosexual peers. You can read more facts here.