Health organizations gathered at the Capitol today for the state’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health month calling for funding for LGBT health services statewide, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
“It is incumbent on the governor and the state Legislature to line out funding for LGBT communities in a clear, transparent and responsible manner at last year’s level of $5.26 million,” said Jonathan Lang, director of community development at the Empire State Pride Agenda, in a statement.
LGBT advocates said health disparities facing the community include a high risk for depression, with LGBT individuals twice as likely to have a history of depression than heterosexual people.
About 42 percent of LGBT individuals said that the community’s fear and dislike of LGBT individuals has been a problem for accessing health care, said the Empire State Pride Agenda.
“In this, our fourth year of a statewide observance of New York State’s LGBT Health Month, we’re pushing to keep LGBT health on the proverbial ‘front burner,'” said Erik Libey of AIDS Care in a statement.
The LGBT Health Month kickoff is hosted by the state LGBT Health and Human Services Network, which includes more than 50 organizations statewide that provide non-HIV health care to the community.