This June, APLA Health celebrates Pride Month by applauding LGBTQ+ activists and their allies, who are working to ensure that every individual, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, receives the full protection of the law.
Pride began as a series of protests, led in large part by transgender women of color, resisting police brutality and violence. That it is now celebrated around the world, is a testament to the extraordinary progress we have achieved and a reminder of the important work that remains.
In too many places, LGBTQ+ Americans endure continued violence and harassment, particularly trans women of color who suffer a disproportionately high rate of homelessness, drug addiction, HIV, sexual assault and murder. Millions of LGBTQ+ Americans continue to be at risk of discrimination in areas of housing, education, employment, personal finance, jury service, and public accommodation.
“While COVID-19 continues to prevent Pride celebrations from happening as they normally would, we still celebrate the progress we’ve made toward equality and commit ourselves to the important work that lies ahead,” said Craig E. Thompson, CEO of APLA Health. “In this moment, we must unite like never before and take action to finally achieve full equality for LGBTQ+ people and all Americans, demanding that our country lives up to its founding principles.”
APLA Health restores dignity and trust within underserved communities by providing world-class LGBTQ+ empowering healthcare, support services, and HIV specialty care. Since 1983, APLA Health has remained steadfast in its commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our lifetime. The agency is a multi-site operation includes eight Federally Qualified health Center (FQHC) locations, serving more than 18,000 people annually in Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous. We provide 20 different services including: medical, dental, behavioral health and HIV specialty care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home healthcare; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impact the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information on APLA Health visit https://aplahealth.org.