The Network started October with new data from the 2009-2010 National Adult Tobacco Survey, confirming the need for LGBT culturally tailored efforts in the tobacco control movement. The historic release of national surveillance data on LGBT tobacco use data was released in the American Journal for Public Health finding that 32.8% of LGBT people nationally smoke cigarettes; 12.2% smoke cigars/cigarillos/small cigars; 6.1% and 38.5% report using any tobacco.This means that LGBT people smoke cigarettes at rates 68% higher than the general population and that our overall tobacco use is 50% higher. It is clear that there is still a lot of work to be done in the arena in LGBT Tobacco Control and the Network is steadfast in working to reduce health disparities in our community. In addition to the release of the National Data, Puerto Rico released a report on Tobacco Use in the Puerto Rican LGBT Community highlighted both in English and Spanish on the Network blog.
As most of us can agree, data collection is vital, and we still do not have comprehensive data on LGBT people to showcase the true health disparities that exist within our communities. In an effort to assist the Network base in continuing to gather LGBT Health data we are proud to release a National Needs Assessment Data Collection Tool as free resource housed on the Networks Zoomerang site. Click here to view the Needs Assessment, and to gain further information about utilizing the tool.
The Network conducted a couple trainings and presentations over the past two months. First, Daniella and Gustavo presented: “Responsible, Relevant and Ready: Creating Smoke-Free Pride Policy” at the International InterPride Conference in Boston. In addition, Gustavo, Daniella, and Gabe Glissmeyer (Network Steering Committee Member), presented a webinar “LGBT Youth and Tobacco” to the Vermont Department of Education. The Network conducted a training with folks in Nebraska on working with the LGBT community, and forged a partnership to begin working on LGBT tobacco control efforts. Lastly, Scout had the pleasure of Speaking at the Southwest American Indian Rainbow Gathering held in Phoenix, AZ which was the first ever speaking engagement we have been invited to with our Native communities.
Scout was also in DC to film a video that Legacy will release on December 11th, during theirWarner Series Lecture: Tobacco Control in LGBT communities. This collaborative event will take place at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters in DC at 4:00 pm est. The event is open to the public, and will be streaming via a live webcast for folks outside of the DC area. We encourage you to attend this highly anticipated event, click here for more details or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us.
In honor of Transgender Awareness Week Network, Network staff participated in the filming of I AM: Trans People Speak video project, Spearheaded by the LifeSkills project of The Fenway Institute. Scout and Daniella both attended the Video Release, collecting signatures and “I hope…” statements from event attendees about Trans issues that Dr. Scout presented to the White House at the Transgender Day of Remembrance event in Washington DC on Tuesday, Nov. 20th. Click here to read Dr. Scouts recap of the event.
In closing, over the past two months the Network celebrated National Coming Out Day and the Great American Smokeout. On National Coming Out Day we released a blog What We Owe to our LGBT Youth by Daniella Matthews-Trigg, reminding our community to remember our health as we celebrate and embrace our identity. For the Great American Smokeout, the Network lit up social media encouraging our community to quit tobacco for a day, to create a healthier tomorrow. To stay up to date on all of the Network activities and recaps on events click here to subscribe to the Network blog.