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Empire State celebrates March as LGBT Health Month

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NEW YORK—The Empire State Pride Agenda announced the launch of its fifth annual LGBT Health Month on Tuesday.

The month-long campaign is used as a way to bring awareness to the unique health needs of the LGBT community.

This year's theme for the month if "Access to Care", which speaks to the need for increased access to health services as well as new options available under the Affordable Care Act.

"We need to do more to ensure that all corners of the state have culturally competent service providers and that our institutionalized practices and protocol are fully inclusive so that all LGBT New Yorkers can access the care they so urgently need," said Empire State Pride Agenda Director of Governmental Projects & Community Development Jonathan Lang.

"The Affordable Care Act is helping extend healthcare to 230,000 uninsured LGBT New Yorkers, but we have much more work to do in order to break down social stigma, discrimination and other barriers to care. We also must target specific policies that hurt our community, such as the ban on Medicaid coverage of transgender-related health services," said said New York State Senator Brad Hoylman.

The New York State Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health and Human Services Network is a coalition founded in 1994 and administered by the Pride Agenda Foundation, consisting of 53 LGBT-specific and LGBT-supportive nonprofit organizations that provide care to one million LGBT New Yorkers and our families.

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