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Welcome to Pride Month!

Posted by on June 1st, 2022 Posted in: Advocacy, General


Happy Pride

Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. To learn more about Pride Month, read the Library of Congress article on this topic.

People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) are members of every community. Students, patrons, staff, health care providers, parents, and more identify as LGBTQIA+.

LGBTQIA+ individuals, or Sexual and Gender Minorities, face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. Consequently, many LGBTQIA+ individuals do not regularly access appropriate and timely care. The more informed healthcare professionals are, the more LGBTQI+ patients and clients will become more comfortable in an environment that is often alienating, disrespectful, and even traumatic.

With today’s post, we share some general resources to help improve the health and wellness of LGBTQIA+ people in our communities. This is the first of several posts for Pride Month highlighting LGBTQIA+ health resources.

Image of the author ABOUT Jacqueline Leskovec
Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN (she/her) is the Network Coordinator for NNLM Region 6. She is the lead for the Partner Outreach Program (POP), Network membership and user accounts, the Data Reporting System (DRS), and the Region 6 website. She has been with the Network since 2005. In addition to being a health sciences librarian, Jacqueline maintains her license as a registered nurse. She works from her home office in Chicago. She is well acquainted with power tools and will be happy to bore you with details of her many home repair and remodel adventures.

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