All staff and volunteers are LGBTQI-identified and allies who have worked with the community. Some of them will be transferring to LOL from the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation and other CODAC facilities.The LGBTQ-TPD forum is happening Friday, June 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the LOL clinic, 3130 E. Broadway Blvd. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.
The LOL center is filling up a huge gap of health needs in the community.
For many LGBTQI people in the region, fear of discrimination or a health provider's lack of knowledge for how to care for them–this is especially true for transgender and gender nonconforming patients–is what has been keeping them from even going to the doctor.
Many primary care clinic questionnaires don't even include questions relating to gender identity and sexual orientation.
An October 2010 survey by the National Transgender Discrimination Survey and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force says that out of more than 7,000 LGBTQI people surveyed, close to 30 percent postponed visiting the doctor and that same number reported being harassed at a health center. Half of them said they ended up having to teach the doctors and health providers about transgender care and 19 percent said they were refused care due to their transgender and gender nonconforming status.