Today, APLA Health released the following statement on Harvey Milk Day.
Today we honor the life and legacy of LGBTQ+ activist Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in California. As a supervisor, Milk spearheaded a bill to ban discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation. He was also instrumental in defeating California’s Proposition 6 ballot initiative, which sought to ban gay teachers and anyone supporting gay rights from working in California schools.
“Harvey Milk was a fearless leader and fighter against LGBTQ+ discrimination. Harvey would be proud of the revolution he helped create in San Francisco, which led to further LGBTQ+ rights and AIDS activism across the country,” said Craig E. Thompson, CEO of APLA Health. “Even in our darkest days, we can still see Harvey’s spark 43 years after his life was tragically cut short. APLA Health is proud to continue his work, expanding healthcare and protecting the rights of systemically ignored groups, including our trans folkx and Black, Brown and Asian communities.”
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.