LGBTQ Pride is traditionally celebrated in June, and provides safe spaces for community building and a venue for LGBTQ advocates to rally supporters. This article explains the history of Pride month and some of the fundraising events that took place. The Pride Run, for instance, each year raises funds for a different LGBTQ organization. This year, contributions are going to the True Colors Fund, which advocates on LGBTQ homelessness. In the past, the run supported the Anti-Violence Project, Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, the It Gets Better Project, the Ali Forney Center, and Immigration Equality, among others. For a list of upcoming events, visit 2018 Gay Pride Calendar.
Welcome to the California Reducing Disparities Project LGBTQ Technical Assistance (TA) Center
In response to former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher’s call for national action to reduce mental health disparities, the former Department of Mental Health (DMH), with support from the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC), the California Mental Health Directors Association (CMHDA) and the California Mental Health Planning Council (CMHPC), created a statewide policy initiative to identify solutions for historically unserved, underserved, and inappropriately served communities. In 2009, the former DMH launched a statewide Prevention and Early Intervention effort, the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP), which focuses on five populations.
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LGB High Schoolers Are More Likely Than Their Straight Peers to Feel Sad or Hopeless, or Attempt Suicide
In 2017, high school students who identified as lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) were twice as likely as their straight peers to report feeling sad or hopeless—and four times as likely to have attempted suicide. Research suggests that schools can foster well-being among students who identify as LGBTQ by adopting evidence-based curricula, programs, and services that explicitly promote their health and well-being. This includes implementing activities such as gay-straight alliances and sexual education that address the needs of sexual minority youth.
2019 NorCal AIDS Cycle
NorCal Aids Cycle
From May 16 to 19, 2019, NorCal AIDS Cycle will ride again to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS service providers in the Sacramento Valley and beyond! In 2017 the NorCal AIDS Cycle distributed $120,000 to its 15 beneficiaries. This amounts to almost 70% of the funds raised by participants and makes NCAC the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in the Sacramento and Northern California region.
Addressing Opioid Use Disorder Among LGBTQ Populations
National LGBT Health Education Center
Opioid use disorder has reached an alarming rate in the United States. As a population disproportionately affected by substance use disorders (SUDs), the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community has not been spared from the opioid epidemic. This brief discusses the impact that opioid use disorder has on the LGBTQ community. It highlights best practices, trauma-informed care, and behavioral health integration into primary care.