Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we are shining a light on Black LGBTQIA+ healthcare advocates, change makers, and community leaders – past and present. The LGBTQ+ rights movement would not exist without the work of Black activists who have led an unrelenting fight to break down barriers in health care and all systems that disparately deny low-income, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ communities from accessing necessary and affirming services.

Thanks to the voices of Black LGBTQ+ health activists throughout generations, the fight for equal access to health care continues with a concerted effort to address the systems of oppression that lead to health inequities, including poverty, the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS, and an enduring lack of access to services. These activists understand the overlapping effects of violence that deter our communities from receiving care, and it is only through their tireless advocacy that we continue to light the way to a healthier, more affirming future.

This month and throughout the year, we’re reminded of the words of one of our namesakes, Audre Lorde: “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” We know that racial justice and health equity is inextricably linked, and true liberation will only come when all of our communities can adequately access culturally responsive and comprehensive healthcare in all forms

Each day this month, we’ll share a profile to spotlight a Black LGBTQ+ health care icon. Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for a new profile each day.

Join us in celebrating Black History Month!