National Coalition for LGBT Health


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Daniella Matthews-Trigg
Program Associate
National LGBT Health Awareness Week 2013



Remember how awesome Health Awareness Week was last year?! Well we have excellent news for you: It’s happening again! There is a lot to celebrate this year in the land of LGBT health!

Some LGBT health-related highlights this year…

CDC Reaches Out to LGBT People in Smoking Cessation Ads

NIH Issues Long-Awaited & Detailed Response to IOM LGBT Report

LGBT Communities & Tobacco Use Report Released

White House hosts Trans Day of Remembrance Meeting and Dr. Scout attends

“I AM: Trans People Speak” videos blow up the internet!


8th National LGBT Health Equity Summit held in Kansas City

Affordable Care Act upheld

Second Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Transsexual Health Summit of Puerto Rico is held

2012 LGBT Health Annual Report released

An awesome Trans Health webinar was held

Gay marriage made legal in 9 states

There are also lots of great awareness and education events happening this week around the country!

Once again, Out Queer Grads at UNM is rocking LGBT Health week with a health fair and performance festival! 421951_555437254476438_452370465_n

The University of California, San Francisco will be celebrating National LGBT Health Awareness Week on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 with an information table, free chair massages, blood pressure screenings, and a raffle to promote health and wellness!


If you’re hosting an events this week, please feel free to shoot us an email (, or post on our facebook page!


New Resource: Publication on Lessons Learned from Sexual Orientation Surveillance in New Mexico

by Joseph Lee
Network Steering Committee Member

Is sexual orientation too controversial to ask on state surveys?

No more so than race and weight according to researchers at the New Mexico Department of Health and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).

In the first look at statewide data over time and in a rural state, Nicole VanKim and James Padilla from New Mexico’s Dept. of Health and Adam Goldstein and myself from UNC compared how often people refused to answer “sensitive” questions about their identity, income, and weight in state surveys from 2003-2008. Income was, by far, the most refused question. People refused to answer questions about sexual orientation at similar levels as race and weight in the state’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey.

Previous studies looked only at women and healthcare professionals’ willingness to answer questions on sexual orientation or focused in the Pacific Northwest or New England. New Mexico’s results show that sexual orientation questions can easily be part of routine data collection in a rural border state. The authors note that the only reasons for not including sexual orientations are likely political and call on states and the CDC to add sexual orientation questions to document and track health inequalities.

The study is published in the December issue of the American Journal of Public Health.